Saudi Cabinet condemns burning of churches, sectarian violence in Egypt

Cabinet stresses importance of stemming bloodshed, maintaining Arab countries’ security, stability and unity

Saudi Arabia reiterates support for Palestinian people’s legitimate rights, considers reconciliation as key step towards establishment of Palestinian state with Al-Quds as its capital

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques approves national anti-corruption organization

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 leaders of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Member States to their 13th Consultative Meeting to be held in Riyadh.

The King wished them all success in continuing the march of GCC joint action and achieving the aspirations of the leaders and peoples of GCC member states.

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques briefed the Cabinet on the message he received from President Asif Ali Zardari of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

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 listened to a report on the developments in a number of Arab countries.

The Cabinet emphasized the importance of stopping the bloodshed and preserving the unity, security and stability of brotherly Arab countries and their peoples.

The Cabinet expressed appreciation for the two statements issued by the 12th Consultative Meeting of the GCC Interior Ministers as well as the 2nd Joint Ministerial Meeting of GCC-China Strategic Dialogue which was held in Abu Dhabi.

The Cabinet condemned the burning of churches as well as the sectarian violence in Imbaba, Arab Republic of Egypt, killing and injuring many people. The Cabinet offered the Kingdom's condolences to Egyptian government, people and families of the victims.

The Cabinet stressed the importance of the Palestinian reconciliation agreement which was signed in Cairo last week, describing it as an important step to unifying the Palestinian efforts that aim at preserving the interests of the Palestinian people.

The Cabinet reaffirmed the Kingdom's stances towards and support of the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people that will lead to the establishment of their independent state with Al-Quds as its capital.

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

The Cabinet appointed Dr. Abdullah bin Salman Al-Salman and Dr. Adel bin Shaheen Al-Dosari, as specialists, and Eng. Saad bin Ibrahim Al-Majel and Eng. Zaki bin Mohammed Ali Farsi of the private sector as members of the Board of Directors of the General Survey Authority for a period of three years effective the date of this decision.

The Cabinet approved an agreement on cooperation in combating terrorism, organized crime and illicit trafficking of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and precursors between the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the government of the Republic of Kazakhstan, which was signed in Jeddah on 28/09/2010.

The Cabinet authorized the President of King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy -or his deputy- to discuss and sign with the Korean 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 Korea.

The Cabinet approved the reformation of the Tax Appeal Committee provided for in the Income Tax Law issued by Royal Decree No. (M/1) dated 15/01/1425H. for a period of four years effective the date of this decision as follows:

1- Dr. Abdulrahman bin Ibrahim Al-Humaid, Chairman.

2- Abdulaziz bin Abdulmohsen Abanumay, Vice Chairman.

3- Dr. Saad bin Saleh Al-Rowaite, Member.

4- Dr. Mohammed bin Sultan Al-Sahali, Member.

5- Mohammed bin Ali Al-Marshad, Member.

Having reviewed the request submitted by the Minister of Communications and Information Technology regarding the appointment of members of the Board of Directors of the Communications and Information Technology Commission as well as the renewal of their membership, the Cabinet decided the following:

1- Appointing Saud bin Abdulrahman Al-Shammari as a member of the Board of Directors of the Communications and Information Technology Commission for a period of three years effective the date of this decision.

2- Renewing the membership of Dr. Asaad bin Suleiman Bakar Abdu and Saleh bin Eid Al-Husseini to the Board of Directors of the Communications and Information Technology Commission for a period of three years effective 14/05/1432H.

The Cabinet approved a number of appointments as follows:

1- Eng. Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Qarni appointed to the post of Mayor of Jazan Region (Rank 15) at the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs.

2- Dr. Saleh bin Nasser bin Mufdi Al-Hejailan Al-Tamimi appointed to the post of Undersecretary of the Ministry for Cultural Affairs (Rank 15) at the Ministry of Culture and Information.

Meanwhile, the Cabinet issued a decision No. 165 dated 28/05/1432H approving the organization of Anti-corruption National Commission.

The Commission aims to protect integrity, promote the principle of transparency, fight against financial and administrative corruption in all its forms and manifestations, methods, and to practice among other specializations the following:

1 - Follow up the implementation of the orders and instructions relating to public affairs and interests of citizens to ensure compliance.

2 - Investigation into the aspects of financial and administrative corruption in public works and operation and maintenance contracts as well as other contracts relating to public affairs and interests of citizens at the departments included within the Commission's specialization.

3 - Provision of direct channels of communication with the public to receive their notifications concerning actions involving corruption, verification of these actions, and taking measures in this regard.

4 - Referring violations and transgressions concerning financial and administrative corruption when they are discovered to control and investigation departments.

5 - Follow-up to retrieve the funds and proceeds from the crimes of corruption with the competent authorities.