Crown Prince Sultan chairs cabinet session, reviews rapid developments in region

Prince Sultan says kingdom lends attention to charity activities, patronizes international air defense symposium

Prince Khalid Ibn Sultan conveys the leaders’ greetings and appreciation for Tabuk tribal chiefs, people

Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General, chaired the Cabinet session held at Al-Yamamah Palace this week.

In a statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA) following the session, the Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Abdulaziz bin Mohieddin Khoja said the Crown Prince briefed the Cabinet on the telephone call the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud made to King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein of Jordan during which they discussed the bilateral relations and the mutual cooperation between the two countries and reviewed the latest developments in the region.

The Crown Prince also briefed the Cabinet on the consultations and contacts that took place during the week with a number of leaders of brotherly and friendly countries which dealt with the latest developments at Arab, Regional and International arenas.

Dr. Khoja said the Cabinet listened to a report on the latest developments in a number of Arab and Islamic countries, emphasizing the statement issued by the Extraordinary Meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Member States held in Riyadh this week.

The statement condemned the continued Iranian blatant interferences in the internal affairs of the GCC members states through conspiring against their national security and spreading division and sectarian strife among their citizens, acts that represent a violation of their sovereignty, independence, principles of good neighborliness, international norms and laws, and the Charters of both the United Nations and the Organization of Islamic Conference.

The Cabinet also expressed satisfaction over the statement issued by the GCC Foreign Ministers regarding Yemen.

The statement called on the concerned parties to give priority to the national interest and to quickly return to national dialogue in order to agree on the national goals and the needed reforms that lead to a comprehensive agreement that restores public social peace and achieves the desired reform and stable, secure and decent life for the Yemeni people.

The Cabinet expressed appreciation of the government and people of the Kingdom of Bahrain for lauding the stances of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia towards the Kingdom of Bahrain against attempts to destabilize its security and stability, stressing that the return of calm and stability to the Kingdom of Bahrain is attributed to its leadership which used wisdom in dealing with the domestic affairs.

The Cabinet also addressed the outcomes of the London Ministerial Conference on Libya, expressing hope for a settlement of the situation in Libya where the ultimate aim is to protect Libyan people and provide humanitarian assistance for the affected people. The Cabinet warned of the repercussions of the crisis on the humanitarian situation of Libyan people.

Dr. Khoja pointed out that the Cabinet reviewed the seminars and scientific, cultural and health forums that took place in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia over the past week, including the Second Scientific Conference for Students of Higher Education held under the patronage of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques; Health Charitable Societies Forum held under the patronage of the Crown Prince; and the Fifth Security Exhibition of Public Security held under the patronage of the Second Deputy Premier.

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

The Cabinet approved the inclusion of a representative of the Directorate General of Civil Defense to the membership of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Organization for Standardization.

The Cabinet authorized the Foreign Minister -or his deputy- to discuss with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) the amendments to the agreement between the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and UNICEF.

The Cabinet approved a memorandum of scientific and educational cooperation between the Ministry of Higher Education of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan signed in Tokyo on 06/07/2010.

The Cabinet approved an agreement for the avoidance of double taxation and prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income as well as the Protocol annexed to the agreement between the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the government of the Republic of Singapore signed in Riyadh on 03/05/2010.

The Cabinet approved an agreement on scientific and technical cooperation between the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the government of the Republic of India signed in Riyadh on 28/02/2010.

The Cabinet approved a number of appointments as follows:

1- Eng. Mohammed bin Saleh bin Hamoud Al-Dhabaan appointed to the post of Deputy Mayor for Reconstruction and Projects (Rank 14) at Riyadh Region Municipality.

2- Eng. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Ibrahim Al-Jarbou appointed to the post of Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry for the Planning Sectors (Rank 14) at the Ministry of Economy and Planning.

3- Musaed bin Abdullah bin Abdullah Al-Humaidan appointed to the post of Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry for Follow-up and Information (Rank 14) at the Ministry of Economy and Planning.

4- Abdullah bin Saleh bin Ibrahim Al-Araj appointed to the post of Director General of Information Technology (Rank 14) at the Ministry of Economy and Planning.

Meanwhile, the Royal Saudi Air Defense Forces are proud to announce the first ever official international Saudi Arabian defense symposium, the International Symposium on Air Defense 2020+ (ISAD2020+), held under the patronage of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Aviation, and Inspector General of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Taking place at the Air Defense Forces Institute (ADFI), in Jeddah between the 17th and 20th of April 2011, ISAD2020+ boasts attendance from over 150 RSADF officers, senior representatives from the Royal Saudi Air Force, Navy, Land Forces and National Guard, as well as honored guests from both Middle Eastern and international military forces.

ISAD2020+ will involve over 50 keynote presentations and panel discussions from leading international military figures such as Air Chief Marshal Simon Bryant, Commander in Chief of the UK Royal Air Force Air Command, Lieutenant General Patrick O\'Reilly, Commander of the US Missile Defense Agency, Lieutenant General Mike Hostage, Commander of US Air Forces Central and Lieutenant General Gilles Desclaux, Commander of the Commandement de la Défense Aérienne et des Opérations Aériennes, French Air Force.

Among its key themes ISAD2020+ will cover such topics as:

- Developing Multi-Tier Missile Defense Architectures - Procurement and Integration Strategies - Planning Missile Defense Operations - Integrating C4I Capabilities with Defense Systems - Battle Command and Missile Radar Modernization - Air Defense Training and Education Strategies - Re-Assessing Current GBAD Requirements

In commissioning the symposium and the accompanying exhibition, the RSDAF looks to establish the international discussion required to address these subjects.

In Riyadh, Prince Khalid Ibn Sultan Ibn Abdulaziz, Assistant Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General for Military Affairs, who is also Vice President of Board of Trustees of Prince Sultan Ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud Foundation, is chairing a meeting of The Charitable Fund for Patients Treatment at Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Humanitarian City.

The meeting will discuss the Fund's financial status and its most important achievements during the past year.

Prince Fahd Ibn Sultan Ibn Abdulaziz, Governor of Tabuk Province will chair a meeting of the Board of Directors of King Abdulaziz Charitable Society in the Province.

The Society's Secretary General Dr Abdullah Ahmad Badawi Al-Sharif said the Board will discuss the Society's achievements during the past period, its financial status and other issues pertaining to families and new works.

Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy premier and Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General appreciated kind feelings and prayers expressed by Prince Fahd bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Tabuk Province and its people on the issuance of recently declared royal orders.

In his reply cable to Governor of Tabuk Province, the Crown Prince said: ‘We thank you and the people of Tabuk province for what you expressed of kind sentiments and good prayers on the occasion of the issuance of the noble royal orders. We pray to God Almighty to keep the Custodian of the Two Holy in good health, and to prolong the blessings of security, stability and prosperity in our country'.

Earlier, the Governor of Tabuk Province has submitted a cable in his name and on behalf of whole people of the province to the Crown Prince.

Meanwhile, Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Riyadh and the honorary president of the Charity Association for the Holy Quran Memorization in the Region of Riyadh, patronized the annual ceremony for honoring the distinguished memorizers of the Holy Quran at the level of Riyadh Region.

A speech ceremony was held on the occasion highlighting Saudi Arabia's support for the Holy Quran learning and memorization.

A donation campaign was held for supporting the association.

Prince Salman donated SR2 million. The total amount of donations reached SR13 million.

The ceremony was attended by a number of princes and senior officials.

The Secretary General of Muslim World League (MWL) Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulmohsen Al-Turki received Benin's Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Dawood Wabi who handed him a message from Benin's President Boni Yayi.

During the meeting, they discussed a number of common issues between the two sides.

Dr. Al-Turki also received Governor of Kassala State in the Sudan, Mohammed Yusuf Adam, who conveyed to him the thanks and appreciation of Islamic call and cultural institutions in the Sudan.

Dr. Al-Turki also received the Rector of International University of Africa in the Sudan, Hassan Makki Mohammed Ahmed, who hailed the progress of education and science in Saudi universities.