Riyadh, January 05. Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the Cabinet’s session held here today.
At the outset of the session, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques briefed the Cabinet on the contacts, consultations and meetings he held with a number of leaders of the countries of the region and the world on the current crisis in the Gaza Strip; the flagrant Israeli attacks against the Palestinian people; the Arab, Islamic and international stands toward the crisis and the Saudi extensive efforts to stop the Israeli attacks, protect the Palestinian people and achieve the objective circumstances for the unity of the Palestinian decision.
According to a statement by Minister of Culture and Information Iyad bin Amin Madani to the Saudi Press Agency, the Cabinet stressed in this context that Israel’s ruthless war against the Gaza Strip; its policy of collective punishment, and its attack on the unarmed people, houses, mosques, farms and all constituents of the economy and requirements of life violate all human principles; international legitimacy; laws of war and the most basic principles and international agreements in the face of a besieged and unarmed people that possesses nothing but their belief in God and then their firm will.
The Cabinet stated that the international stand is mute and weak in dealing with such Israeli violations, and has is similar to none in dealing with international crises.
The statement that the Israeli barbarism is “self defense” overlooks the history of Israeli occupation of the Palestinian lands, the practices of siege and terrorization Israel enforces against the Palestinians; the great difference in the balance of power between the two sides, and Israeli disregards for the Arab Peace Initiative.
The Cabinet stated that the policy of war, violence, murder and torture practiced by Israel against the Gaza Strip and throughout Palestine is a sustained implementation of ideological beliefs of extremist political parties in Israel and abroad aiming at re-structuring the region of the Middle East according to their terms.
The Cabinet stressed the special responsibility of the Palestinian leaders as there is no way for a unified and effective Arab-Islamic action without the unity, uniformity and integrity of the Palestinian decision. The Cabinet appealed to the Palestinian factions to overcome their disagreements, seek unity among them and be aware of the imminent dangers caused by their division.
The Cabinet stressed that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is firm in its principles, policies and deeds, established by the founding late King Abdulaziz Al Saud, in supporting and helping the brothers in Palestine at popular and official levels and with all the capabilities of the Kingdom.
The Kingdom will also be at the forefront of any Arab or Islamic joint action to deal with the current destructive crisis as long as it enjoys elements of agreement, credibility and viability that go beyond closing with communiqués that will be added to previous ones.
The Minister of Culture and Information added that the Cabinet then reviewed the domestic items on its agenda and issued the following decisions:
The Minister of Interior or his deputy is authorized to discuss with the Singaporean side a draft security cooperation arrangement between the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the government of the Republic of Singapore, sign it and forward the final version for further authentication.
The Cabinet approved an arrangement between the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the government of the French Republic on cooperation in the field of domestic security and civil defense which was signed in Riyadh, February 24, 2008.
The Cabinet passed a recommendation submitted by the Standing Committee of the Supreme Economic Council to cancel Paragraph (1) of the Cabinet’s decision No. 1012 dated 12-13 /7/1394 H, barring the issuance of new licenses for the profession of Currency Exchange.
The Cabinet approved the draft of the National Project for Dealing with Children with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) which calls for the establishment of specialized clinics to treat the phenomenon.
Upon the recommendation of the Standing Committee of the Supreme Economic Council No. 80/27 dated 24/12/1427H., the Cabinet approved licensing the setting up of a stock company to be named “the International Company for Cooperative Insurance”.
The Cabinet gave its no-objection for any licensed communications company operating in the Kingdom to establish a one-personnel company to be wholly owned by the company, an exemption of Articles (1), (48) and (157) of Companies Act and without breaching the Communications Act, provided that this company be of limited liability or a closed stock company and that its activity is within the licensed area according to a decision to be issued by the Minister of Commerce and Industry based on the recommendation of the Communications and Information Technology Commission.
To guarantee the safety condition when companies and consultative offices are implementing general projects, the Cabinet approved a number of new measures, including that the authorities concerned set up a mechanism for classifying engineering consultative offices, the Ministry of Finance conducts, in cooperation with other relevant government bodies, a study on the application of Projects Management Approach and forward its views to the Cabinet, and that the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Commerce and Industry together consider the provision of quality laboratories in all regions of the Kingdom, with special emphasis on the required numbers and financial costs and participation of the private sector in providing the service. The study will then be forwarded to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.
The Cabinet approved the appointment of Nasser bin Saleh bin Abdullah Al-Aqeel as Administrative Consultant at the Control and Investigation Commission; Mohammed bin Saleh bin Saleh Alsaleh as Legal Advisor at the Cabinet’s Secretariat General; and Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Abu-Abat as Minister Plenipotentiary A at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Updated: 4 May 2014 by Jeremy Varnham