Saudi cabinet stresses valuable content of Senior Scholars Council regarding tension, sedition in the world

Cabinet expresses concerns over incidents in the Arab region, calling for patience and wisdom

Crown Prince Sultan receives Hariri, Lebanese army commander

Prince Salman praises efforts by officials in drug addicts treatment program

Senior Scholars Council statement

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 briefed the Cabinet on the consultations and contacts that took place during the past few days with a number of leaders of brotherly and friendly countries on regional and international developments, including the telephone call he received from President Abdullah Gul of Turkey.

In a statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA) following the session, the Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Abdulaziz bin Mohieddin Khoja said the Cabinet stressed the importance of the statement issued by the Senior Scholars Commission, which addressed the events, disturbances and seditions taking place in various parts of the world.

The statement also urged all to spare no effort to augment unity and to enhance harmony, warning against any action that contradicts such matter. Moreover, the statement praised Allah Almighty for blessing the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with the unanimity of word and unity of ranks based on the Holy Quran and the teachings of the Prophet (peace be upon him) under the wise leadership to which legitimate allegiance was pledged.

On the other hand, the Cabinet hailed the joint statement issued by the Third Meeting of Saudi-Qatari Coordination Council which was held in Riyadh and co-chaired by Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General and Heir Apparent Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani of Qatar, describing the joint statement as embodying the keenness on improving and enhancing the existing bilateral relations between the two brotherly countries in all fields.

The Cabinet expressed appreciation for the visit paid by Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa of the Kingdom of Bahrain, stressing the kin bonds binding the two countries and their keenness on improving cooperation in all fields in a way that serves the peoples of the two brotherly countries.

The Cabinet expressed appreciation to Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jabir Al-Sabah of Kuwait for his offices to ease the tension between the United Arab Emirates and the Sultanate of Oman, and to Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman and President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zaid Al Nahyan of United Arab Emirates who contributed to make the offices a success for their wisdom and keenness on the interest of the two countries as well as the common destiny of the Gulf Cooperation Council Member States.

Dr. Khoja pointed out that the Cabinet reviewed a number of reports on the developments at Arab and international arenas, expressing the Kingdom's concern over the events witnessed by some Arab and Islamic countries, and stressing the importance of addressing these events with patience and wisdom that ensure security and stability for the peoples and their countries.

The Cabinet followed-up the development of events in Libya, calling for the end of violent acts to save lives and to preserve safety of Libyan people and its territorial integrity, and highlighting the importance of securing access of humanitarian aid to the injured and affected people.

The Cabinet lauded what occurred in the final communiquéأ© of the 135th session of the Assembly of Arab Countries League held at the level of foreign ministers, for issuing resolutions that express Arab countries concerns as well as their anticipations.

The Cabinet denounced the continuity of Israeli authorities acts of arrest, storming and transgress on Palestinian lands, and continuity in distorting the historic features of Jerusalem in flagrant violation to Palestinian's human rights.

The Minister of Culture and Information pointed out that the Cabinet tackled, too, a number of scientific, cultural and economic activities and functions witnessed took place at the internal arena during the week, among is the announcement of winners of the 4th International Award of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Ibn Abdulaziz for Translation, the opening of Riyadh book fair of 2011 and the opening of Saudi Economic Forum organized by the Ministry of Finance in collaboration with Economy and Business Group.

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

The Cabinet approved the amendment to article (8) of the Law of Military Service Council issued by Royal Decree No. (M/45) dated 04/07/1402H. The article is read as follows: 'The Council's decisions shall be effective after being signed by the President of the Military Service Council, with the exception of decisions whose subjects require the completion of regular procedures. The General Secretariat of the Military Service Council shall refer these decisions to the Cabinet Presidency Court to complete necessary procedures.'

The Cabinet approved the organization of real estate ownership by the citizens of GCC Members States for the purpose of housing and investment in GCC Members States.

The Cabinet approved increasing the proportion of agricultural subsidy for modern irrigation means from (25%) to (70%).

The Cabinet authorized the Minister of Social Affairs -or his deputy- to discuss with the Syrian side and sign a draft memorandum of understanding for cooperation in the field of social care and development between the Ministry of Social Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour of the Syrian Arab Republic.

The Cabinet authorized the Minister of Culture and Information -or his deputy- to sign a draft agreement for cooperation and news exchange between the Saudi Press Agency and Qatar News Agency.

The Cabinet approved a number of appointments as follows:

1- Mansour bin Ibrahim bin Mohammed Al-Mansour appointed to the post of Ambassador at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

2- Dr. Haya bint Abdulaziz bin Ali Al-Awwad appointed to the post of Undersecretary for Academic Affairs (Rank 15) at the Ministry of Education / Girls Education.

3- Nasser bin Abdullah bin Saleh Al-Hawas appointed to the post of Administrative Consultant (Rank 14) at the Ministry of Defense and Aviation and the Office of Inspector General.

4- Abdul-Elah bin Hassan bin Umar Al Al-Sheikh appointed to the post of Minister Plenipotentiary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

5- Ahmad bin Saleh bin Mansour Al-Shaqha appointed to the post of Assistant Secretary General for Preparatory Committee Affairs (Rank 14) at the Secretariat General of the Supreme Council for Petroleum and Minerals.

Meanwhile, Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General, received at his palace Lebanon's Caretaker Prime Minister Saad Al-Hariri and the accompanying delegation.

During the meeting, they reviewed bilateral relations between the two countries and discuss the latest developments at Arab, regional and international levels.

The audience was attended by Prince Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Assistant Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General for Military Affairs; and a number of officials.

Crown Prince Sultan also received at his palace Lebanese Army Commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi.

During the meeting, they exchanged cordial talks and discussed issues of common interest.

The audience was attended by Prince Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Assistant Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General for Military Affairs; and a number of officials.

In Riyadh, Prince Salman Ibn Abdulaziz, the Governor of Riyadh Province received the Minister of Health Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabiah; Director of Health Affairs Department in Riyadh Province Dr. Adnan Al-Abdulkarim; Director of Al-Amal Hospital Dr. Mohammed Al-Qahtani; and the staff of Al-Amal Complex for Mental Health; as well as members of Mid-Way House who came to greet the Prince on the occasion of their recovery after the completion of a treatment program of drug abuses and rehabilitation and merging into the society.

The Prince thanked the Minister of Health and health officials for their efforts in the Therapeutic Program of Drug Addicts.

The Mid-Way House is considered as a temporary trip between treatment at Al-Amal Complex and merging of addicts into the society.

On the other hand, the Council of Senior Scholars in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia issued a statement in which they underscored the importance of scholars in times of crisis and turmoil which are spreading across the world nowadays.

The statement, broadly, calls for unity of ranks because it is one of the most fundamentals of Islam, an aspect that the Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) strongly asserted.

In their statement, the senior Scholars noted that while appealing to God Almighty to bestow stability on all Muslims and to agree on the right path by rulers and ruled alike, they thank God Almighty for the united word of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as described in the Holy Book of God Almighty and the Sunnah of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) under the wise leadership that has the right legitimacy.

Keeping the unity of the group is one of the greatest pillars of Islam, the statement emphasized.

Through its progress and advancement, the Kingdom has managed to preserve the Islamic identity, and now as it owns legitimate means to defend it, the council said. The kingdom will never allow -God willing- any incoming thoughts, neither from the West nor from the East, to distort this identity or to wreak havoc among the community, the council added.

By serving the two holy mosques, Saudi Arabia has secured to its self a special merit among the Islamic World, the council said.

The council added, 'Consequently, the Council of Senior Scholars as it senses the bliss of the unanimity of opinion, in the light of the Holy Quran, the Teachings of the Prophet and under the wise leadership, calls on all to spare no effort to strengthen the unity and warns against any thing that may cause sedition.'

The statement also warns against all deviant intellectual and partisan links, stressing that the reform and advice have their legitimate approach that brings interest and averts evil, and not by issuing statements of intimidation and inciting strife.

Since the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is based on the Holy Qur'an, Sunnah, pledge of allegiance, unity and obedience, the reform and advice can't be carried out by demonstrations and means and methods that stir discord and divide the group, the council said adding that the scholars of this country have agreed on prohibiting such acts and have warned against them.

The council also emphasizes the prohibition of demonstrations in this country since the legal manner to realize interests should not be accompanied with trouble but counseling which is enacted by the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH).

The council said it is important that the legal, control and executive authorities should carry out their duties as mandated by the State regulations and directives of the leadership and punish any negligent person.

The council appealed to God Almighty to protect the country and all other Muslim countries from all evils.