Saudi Cabinet underlines need to take firm measures to protect innocent people in Syria

Cabinet hails royal order to cancel al-Janadriyah operetta in solidarity with Syrian people, incidents in Egypt, Yemen, Libya and Tunisia

King Abdullah receives IMF director

Lagarde meets business leaders in Saudi chambers

Prince Salman speaks on coherence of Saudi society, youths’ role in resuming march of unity led by forefathers

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud chaired the Cabinet session which was held at Al-Yamamah palace in Riyadh.

At the outset of the session, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques briefed the Cabinet on a message he received from Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait, and the audience he held for the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde.

In a statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA) following the session, Dr. Youssef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen, Minister of Social Affairs and Acting Minister of Culture and Information, said the Cabinet discussed the repercussions of events at Arab and international arenas.

In this regard, the Cabinet listened to a report on the deliberations of the Security Council on the situation in the Syrian Arab Republic, stressing that the failure of the Security Council in issuing a resolution to support the Arab Peace Initiative should not preclude its endeavor to take decisive actions to protect the lives of innocent people and stop the bloodshed and all acts of violence that threaten dire consequences for the Syrian people and the stability of the entire region.

The Cabinet appealed to the international community not to refrain from exerting sincere efforts and to find a solution to this crisis which led to hundreds of Syrian victims, noting that the continuation of violence has threatened to create a humanitarian disaster.

On domestic affairs, the Acting Minister of Culture and Information said that the Cabinet hailed the ongoing preparations for the opening of 27th National Festival for Heritage and Culture, to be patronized by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and organized by the National Guard.

The Cabinet highly valued the order of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to cancel for this year the musical operetta and National dance as part of the opening ceremony of the festival in solidarity and standing with Syria, Egypt, Yemen, Libya and Tunisia due to the sad events that took and still taking place in these brotherly countries, asking Allah Almighty to preserve security and stability of Arab and Islamic countries.

The Cabinet hailed the opening of the symposium on 'Humanitarian and Social Aspects in History of King Abdulaziz' and launching of Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Chair for Historical and Civilization Studies of the Arabian Peninsula al King Saud University (KSU).

Dr. Al-Othaimeen said the Cabinet then discussed issues on its domestic agenda and issued the following decisions:

The Cabinet approved three memoranda of understanding between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Lebanon, the State of Andorra, and the State of Estonia in the field of cooperation in exchanging financial investigations on money laundering and terror financing, signed on 30/6/2010.

The Cabinet authorized the Minister of Commerce and Industry, who is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Saudi Arabian Standards Organization (SASO) -or his deputy- to discuss and sign with the Qatari side a draft technical cooperation program in the field of standardization between SASO and Qatari Ministry of Environment.

The Cabinet approved a scientific and educational memorandum of cooperation between the Ministry of Higher Education of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland, signed in Helsinki 15/2/2011.

The Cabinet accredited the final account of King Fahd Causeway Authority for fiscal year (1431/1432H).

The Cabinet approved the establishment of 'Saudi Association for Aquaculture', aiming at encouraging and developing fish and other useful aquatic organisms farming.

The Cabinet approved a number of appointments as follows:

1- Dr. Abdulaziz bin Naif bin Abdulaziz bin Oboud is appointed to the post of 'Amir of the First Regiment' (rank 15) at the National Guard.

2- Dr. Abdulrahman bin Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al-Sehaibani is appointed to the post of 'Minister Plenipotentiary' at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

3- Dr. Hazza bin Zaben Al-Mutairi is appointed to the post of 'Minister Plenipotentiary' at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

4- Eng. Sami bin Abdulwahab bin Ahmad Abed is appointed to the post of 'Undersecretary of Mayor of Jeddah for Reconstruction and Projects' (rank 14) at Jeddah Governorate.

King Abdullah received at this palace the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde and accompanying delegation.

During the audience, a number of IMF-related issues were discussed as well as world economic developments.

The audience was attended by Prince Miqren bin Abdulaziz, Chief of the General Intelligence, Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Finance Dr. Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al-Assaf, the Governor of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) Fahd bin Abdullah Al-Mubarak and the Saudi Executive Director to the IMF Dr. Ahmed Al-Khilaifi.

Leaders of Council of Saudi Chambers met with Lagarde.

During the meeting, they discussed a number of economic issues at the regional and international levels.

Meanwhile, Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Defense, received Commander of U.S. Central Command, General James Mattis, and the accompanying delegation.

In implementation of the order of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Supreme Commander of Armed Forces, Prince Salman decorated General Mattis with King Abdulaziz Medal of Excellent Rank in recognition of his outstanding efforts in strengthening the ties of friendship and joint cooperation between the two countries.

During the meeting they discussed issues of common concern.

The meeting was attended by Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Special Advisor to Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz; Chief of General Staff, General Hussein bin Abdullah Al-Qabil; Director General of the Office of Minister of Defense Lieutenant General Abdulrahman bin Saleh Al-Bunyan and U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia James Smith.

Prince Salman received at his palace this week Sheikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa, Deputy Prime Minister of Bahrain and his accompanying delegation.

During the meeting, they discussed bilateral relations and cooperation between the two brotherly countries and ways of enhancing them.

The meeting was attended by Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, President of Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities; Prince Bandar bin Salman bin Abdulaziz; Sheikh Homoud bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, Bahraini Ambassador to Saudi Arabia; and Dr. Abdulmohsen bin Fahd Al-Mark, Saudi Ambassador to Bahrain.

Prince Salman also received the Chairman of Commission for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, Sheikh Dr. Abdul Latif bin Abdulaziz Al Al-Sheikh, and his accompanying delegation who came to greet the Prince.

The meeting was attended by Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Special Advisor to Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz.

Prince Salman, Chairman of Board of Directors of King Abdulaziz Foundation for Research and Archives (Darah), chaired a meeting of Supervisory and Scientific Committee of Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Chair for Historical and Civilization Studies of Arabian Peninsula.

The meeting approved an annual research award to be named 'Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Award For Students of Higher Education in Historical and Civilization Studies of Arabian peninsula.

Prince Salman, President of the Supreme Committee of the Council of King Saud University Endowments, has emphasized the importance of teaching Islamic history at Saudi universities, encouraging scientific studies and researches in history, and establishing scientific chairs for them.

During an opening ceremony of a symposium of 'Humanitarian and Social Aspects in the History of King Abdulaziz' this week and in reply to a question for allocating an annual award for his Chair to highlight the most important research and studies linked to the history of the Arabian Peninsula in general and history of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in particular, the Prince said, 'It is a good idea and I will assign the Rector of King Saud University and Secretary General of King Abdulaziz Foundation for Research and Archives (Darah) to discuss the idea and provide collectively this award'.

The symposium was attended by Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Riyadh Region, Prince Mohammed bin Saad bin Abdulaziz, Vice Governor of Riyadh Region, Prince Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Minister of Defense, and a number of princes, ministers and officials.