Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques briefs cabinet on outcome of regional, international contacts to discuss Arab, world developments

Crown Prince Sultan receives housing minister, chief of civil aviation agency

Second Deputy Premier Prince Naif receives anti-corruption organization chief

Turkmenistan president invites Saudis to invest in his country

Attiyah: GCC countries committed to Bahrain’s security, national unity

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud chaired the Cabinet session held at Al-Yamamah Palace.

At the outset of the session, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques welcomed the joining of the Minister of Housing Dr. Shwaish bin Saud Al-Dhuwaihi to the Cabinet wishing him all success. The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques stressed the importance of the responsibilities, jurisdictions and duties of the Ministry of Housing that aim at providing citizens with housing.

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques briefed the Cabinet on the messages he sent to President Dmitry Medvedev of Russia, Prime Minister Mohamed Najib bin Abdulrazak of Malaysia, and Chairman of Egyptian Supreme Council of the Armed Forces Field Marshall Mohammed Hussein Tantawi.

The King also briefed the Cabinet on the telephone calls made to King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain, President Michel Sleiman of Lebanon and President Bashar Al-Assad of Syria.

In a statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) following the session, the Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Abdulaziz bin Mohieddin Khoja said the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques stressed that the messages to and contacts with a number of leaders of brotherly and friendly countries come in the framework of bolstering bilateral relations, enhancing cooperation in all fields and discussing the developments at regional and international arenas.

Dr. Khoja said the Cabinet then listened to a number of reports on the developments at Arab arena, stressing the importance of coordinated joint Arab action and concerted international efforts at all levels to face the repercussions of these events in a way that ensures the unity and stability of Arab countries, stems bloodshed, and maintains the security of the peoples and their properties so that they continue their leading role in the international community.

The Cabinet reviewed the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories, condemning strongly the crimes of the Israeli bombing of residential areas in Gaza Strip which killed a number of innocent people.

The Cabinet appealed to the international community to immediately intervene to compel the Israeli authorities to stop their continuous aggressions against the Palestinian people, and to stop building or expanding settlements.

The Cabinet called on the international community, especially the Security Council, to take immediate action against these serious violations, protect unarmed civilians, and force Israel to respect the relevant international laws.

Dr. Khoja said the Cabinet reviewed a number of issues on its agenda and issued the following decisions:

The Cabinet approved the recommendations on codifying the moral content of information technology in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The Cabinet approved a memorandum of understanding on the strategic dialogue between the Gulf Cooperation Council Member States and the People's Republic of China signed in Beijing on 04/06/2010.

The Cabinet approved a memorandum of cooperation in field of higher education between the Ministry of Higher Education of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations of Australia signed in Canberra on 27/05/2010.

The Cabinet approved an agreement on amending an agreement on forming a joint committee between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Syrian Arab Republic signed in Damascus on 05/03/2010.

The Cabinet authorized the President of King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy -or his deputy- to discuss and sign with the Argentine side a draft agreement on cooperation in the field of peaceful uses of nuclear energy between the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the government of the Republic of Argentina.

The Cabinet approved a number of appointments as follows:

1- Dr. Abdulrahman bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Makhdhoub appointed to the post of Undersecretary of the Ministry for Rights Affairs (Rank 15) at the Ministry of Interior.

2- Dr. Abdulaziz bin Adib bin Hassan Tahir appointed to the post of Economic Adviser (Rank 15) at the Ministry of Economy and Planning.

3- Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Abdullah Al-Bidaiwi appointed to the post of Minister Plenipotentiary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

4- Abdullah bin Saud bin Ruhail Al-Enizi appointed to the post of Minister Plenipotentiary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

5- Mohammed bin Saad bin Ibrahim Al-Orwan appointed to the post of Cultural Attaché (Rank 14) at the Ministry of Higher Education.

Meanwhile, Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General, received at Al-Yamamah Palace the Minister of Housing Dr. Shwaish bin Saud Al-Dhuwaihi and the President of General Authority of Civil Aviation Dr. Faisal bin Hamad Al-Sugair who came to greet the Crown Prince on the occasion of the issuance of the two royal orders appointing them to their new posts.

The Crown Prince congratulated them, wishing them all success. Dr. Dhuwaihi and Dr. Al-Sugair express honor and pride over the royal trust bestowed on them, praying Allah Almighty to protect the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the Crown Prince.

The audience was attended by a number of officials.

In Riyadh, Prince Naif Ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior received the President of Anti-Corruption National Commission Mohammed Bin Abdullah Al-Sharif.

At the outset of the meeting, Prince Naif congratulated Al-Sharif on the royal trust in his appointment as the President of the Commission, wishing him all success in the tasks to be entrusted to him.

Prince Naif said that he wished that Al-Sharif selects trusted and wise men who are capable to perform this task and sets an appropriate system with the concerned authorities to achieve the general interest, affirming that all governmental departments and ministries must cooperate with the Commission, in the forefront of them the Interior Ministry and its departments.

Prince Naif said, 'The fight against corruption has wide meanings and implications such as fighting a disease. All doors should be open to you to perform your duties sincerely, faithfully and easily.'

Prince Naif stressed that the royal decree issued by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Ibn Abdulaziz on the establishment of the Commission aims to strongly activate the national strategy to protect integrity and to fight corruption adopted by the Council of Ministers in 1428H, and to continue combating strongly activities of anti-corruption in the State. 'Moreover, the direct linking of the Commission with the King reflects his keenness on clearing any obstacles restricting the Commission in its missions, as well as providing the Commission with the direct support of the Saudi Leadership.

The meeting was attended by a number of senior officials.

Meanwhile, Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov called on Saudi businessmen to invest in his country and to take benefit from promising investment opportunities in natural resources in Turkmenistan.

In a speech delivered on his behalf by Chairman of Turkmenistan's Chamber of Commerce and Industry Ntageoff Palawan on the occasion of opening The Exhibition of Turkmenistan at Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Turkmenistan's President said that his country is keen on establishing trade and economic partnership with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, stressing that his country seeks for closer trade relations to serve the interests of the two countries.

The President noted that Turkmenistan has made many achievements in the fields of industry.

On the other hand, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Secretary General Abdurrahman bin Hamad al-Attiyah lauded the GCC states’ “honorable stance” supporting Bahrain’s security and stability.

On the decision to deploy the GCC Peninsula Shield troops, he explained that the on-going situation in Bahrain requires the move which is in line with the Common Defense Agreement signed by the GCC member-states.

“GCC countries have taken the decision out of their commitment to safeguarding the kingdom’s security, as well the safety of its citizens and residents,” he was quoted as saying by BNA news agency.

Regarding Iran’s threats reported by some satellite channels, al-Attiyah expressed the GCC states’ rejection of any interference in Bahrain’s internal affairs, indicating that GCC countries have always adhered to the good-neighborhood policies.

Al Attiyah reiterated that the GCC countries strongly reject any foreign interference in Bahrain’s internal affairs, asserting that no one will be allowed to undermine the kingdom’s national unity.

“Jeopardizing Bahrain’s security and stability and sowing dissension among its citizens is a dangerous encroachment of the security and stability of the GCC region,” he added, backing all measures taken by the kingdom to restore law and order and protect its citizens.

The GCC chief called upon all parties in Bahrain to respond immediately to the call for national dialogue initiated by Bahrain’s Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander Prince Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifah.