Saudi Cabinet expresses strong denunciation against two criminal incidents targeting Saudi diplomacy in Karachi

Cabinet stresses Saudi Arabia’s firm position denouncing terror, urges international community to seek collective action to fight such pest

Second Deputy Premier to patronize closing ceremony for Prince Naif Hadith Memorization Contest

Mufti of Saudi Arabia issues statement, advice on developments in Muslim nations

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 briefed the Cabinet on the talks, consultations and contacts he made during the past days with a number of leaders of brotherly and friendly countries on the bilateral relations and the latest developments at regional and international arenas.

In this regard, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques briefed the Cabinet on his meeting with the leaders and delegation heads of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Member States during the 13th GCC Consultative Meeting held in Riyadh last Tuesday.

The King expressed his appreciation of keenness the GCC leaders exerted on developing the march of GCC, enhancing relations among GCC member states and their peoples, joining ranks against whatever threatens the security and stability of any GCC member states, and wielding efforts to serve Arab and Islamic issues.

In a statement to 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 briefed the Cabinet on the two messages he received from Moroccan King Mohammed VI and Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The King also briefed the Cabinet on the two telephone calls he received from Jordanian King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein and U.S. President Barack Obama. The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques also briefed the Cabinet on the audiences he held for Malaysian Prime Minister Mohamed Najib bin Abdul Razak and GCC Secretary General Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani.

Dr. Khoja said the Cabinet listened to a number of reports on the latest developments in a number of Islamic and Arab countries, stressing the Kingdom's firm stances on them.

The Cabinet reiterated the Kingdom's firm stance of condemning all forms of terrorism, calling upon the international community to unite and work together in fighting this scourge which threatens the security and stability of societies. In this regard, the Cabinet expressed the Kingdom's strong condemnation of the criminal attack that killed a member of the staff of the Consulate General of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Karachi as well as the terrorist attack against the Consulate last Wednesday.

The Cabinet expressed the Kingdom's full confidence in the ability of concerned bodies of Pakistani government to arrest the criminals and bring them to justice.

The government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has demanded a tightening of security measures around Saudi Consulate in Karachi as well as the Embassy in Islamabad in addition to providing protection for their staff.

On Domestic affairs, Dr. Khoja said the Cabinet lauded the efforts of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques in developing education, reflected in the opening of the new City of Princess Nora bint Abdulrahman University.

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

The Cabinet approved an agreement on the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income as well as the attached draft protocol between the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the government of Japan, signed in Tokyo on 15/11/2010.

Having reviewed the request submitted by the Minister of Health, President of Health Services Council, to restructure the Health Services Council, the Cabinet approved the following:

I- The Health Services Council shall be restructured under the chairmanship of the Minister of Health and the membership of:

1- Dr. Bandar bin Abdulmohsen Al-Qanawi, Representative of the Council at the National Guard Presidency.

2- Major General Dr. Kitab bin Eid Al-Otaibi, Representative of the Council at the Ministry of Defense and Aviation.

3- Dr. Suleiman bin Abdulaziz Al-Sohaimi, Representative of the Council at the Ministry of Interior.

4- Dr. Mansour bin Nasser Al-Hawasi, Representative of the Ministry of Health.

5- Dr. Qasim bin Othman Al-Qusaibi, Representative of King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre.

6- Dr. Saad bin Saud Al Fehaid, Representative of the Ministry of Education.

7- Representative of the Ministry of Higher Education, to be named by the Minister of Higher Education.

8- One Dean of a Health College, to be named by the Minister of Higher Education.

9- Dr. Mohammed bin Ahmed Al-Kanhal, Representative of Food and Drug Authority.

10- Secretary General of the Saudi Health Specializations Commission, Representative of the Commission.

11- Secretary General of the Council of Cooperative Health Insurance, Representative of the Council.

12- Dr. Rasheed bin Saleh Al-Eid, Representative of the Saudi Red Crescent Authority.

13- Dr. Sami bin Abdulkareem Al-Abdulkareem, Representative of Private Health Sector.

II- The term of office of members of the Health Services Council referred to in item (I) shall be three years effective the date of the enforcement of this decision.

III- The members of the Health Services Council, named in the Cabinet decision No. 289 dated 05/09/1428 H., shall continue their membership till the effective date of this decision.

The Cabinet approved the appointment of Major General Eng. Abdullah bin Abdulkareem Al-Marzouqi and Dr. Ghazi bin Mahfouz Filimban of the experienced retirees as members of the Board of Directors of the Public Pension Agency for a term of three years as of 21/09/1432 H.

The Cabinet authorized the Executive President of the Food and Drug Authority -or his deputy- to discuss and sign with the Moroccan side a draft memorandum of cooperation between the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the government of the Kingdom of Morocco in the field of safety and quality of animal products, marine products, animal feed and veterinary medicines.

The Cabinet approved a number of appointments as follows:

1- Eng. Ibrahim bin Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al-Sultan appointed to the post of Director of the Centre of Significant Projects and Planning (Rank 15) at Riyadh Region Municipality, replacing Eng. Abdullatif bin Abdulmalik bin Omar Al Al-Sheikh who asked for an early retirement as of 07/10/1432 H.

2- Eng. Farid bin Ibrahim bin Mohammed Shira appointed to the post of Undersecretary of the Ministry for Rural Affairs (Rank 15) at the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs.

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

Meanwhile, Prince Naif Ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud, Second Deputy Premier, Minister of Interior and Chairman of High Commission of the International Award for Prophetic Sunnah and Contemporary Islamic Studies named after him, will patronize in Madinah on May 24, the closing ceremony of Prince Naif Ibn Abdulaziz 6th Contest for Memorization of Prophet's Hadith.

In a statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Dr. Saed Al-Orabi Al-Harthi, Advisor to the Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, who is also the Commission's Member and Award's Secretary-General, has stressed that the successes of the Contest have been due to the patronage and continuing follow-up of the Contest by Prince Naif.

On the other hand, Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Mohamed Al Al-sheikh, the Grand Mufti of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Chairman of the Council of senior Ulema (Islamic scholars) and department of scientific researches and religious edicts (IFTA), offered an advise on the current developments in the countries of Muslims.

He urged Muslims to adhere to the Holy Book and Sunnah and cautioned against attacks on places of worship citing Islamic evidence against it.

The Grand Mufti warned against sectarian strife and called for “peace and stability” among Muslims.

“All must pay attention to the schemes planned for our region with the aim of stirring sectarian differences,” Sheikh al-Sheikh said.

These “exhaust” the capabilities of countries and their resources for the benefit of the enemy, he said.

“We are keen that Muslims unite and share the same voice,” al-Sheikh said.