The cabinet on Monday defended the work of Saudi Arabia in assisting the legitimate and internationally recognized government of Yemen and highlighted the kingdom’s efforts in aiding the Yemeni people.
At the cabinet session, chaired by Vice Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Prince Mohammed bin Naif, the government corrected some of the “fallacies about health conditions in Yemen and underestimating the coalition’s efforts and its positive role in the delivery of humanitarian aid to the brotherly Yemeni people,” said a cabinet statement responding to stories circulating in media quoting some non-governmental relief and human rights organizations.
The cabinet said the kingdom was the biggest humanitarian supporter of Yemen with $500 million given in aid to the Yemenis thus far.
On the formation of a political council in Yemen by the Houthis and followers of Ali Saleh, the Saudi government said the move was a “flagrant violation of the resolutions” of a number of international bodies and saw it as an obstacle to peace.
Saudi Arabia called once again to intensity the fight against terror and welcomed the declaration of Nouakchott and resolutions issued at the 27th Arab summit in Mauritania. The cabinet statement said the many of the terror attacks being witnessed pose a threat to the “Arab peoples and nations and international peace and security and that many of culprits taking part in these terrorist crimes are trying to attach them to Islam which is innocent of such accusations.”
On the occupation of Palestine the cabinet statement said: “[the cabinet expressed] the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s denunciation of the decision of the Israeli occupational authorities, allowing the construction of 770 new residential units in occupied Eastern Al-Quds as part of the continuing aggression against the State of Palestine, targeting the Palestinian well-bing and dismembering its unity and continuation of the Israeli intrasegence and systematic violation for the bases and principles of the peaceful settlemnt and the resolutions of the internatioanl legitimacy supportive for the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, including their right in establishing an independent state with Al-Quds as its capital.”
Minister of Culture and Information Adel Al-Toraifi said that the Cabinet reviewed the topics on the agenda and issued the following resolutions:
The Cabinet approved a cooperation agreement in the field of countering cross-border crimes between the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Government of the United Mexican States, which was signed in Riyadh on 07/04/1437.
The Cabinet approved a memorandum of understanding for cooperation in the field of cultural heritage, museums, architectural heritage, crafts and handicrafts between the General Authority for Tourism and National Heritage of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Peru, which was signed in Lima on 03/12/1436.
The Cabinet approved an agreement in the military and technical fields between the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco, which was signed in Rabat on 04/03/1437.
Based on a recommendation by the Standing Committee of the Council of Economic Affairs and Development, the Cabinet approved a number of arrangements regarding the activation of the role of the private sector as well as the increase of its contribution to the GDP via stimulating investments related to capital and private ownership.
The Cabinet approved a cooperation agreement on the peaceful uses of atomic energy between the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Government of the Republic of Finland, which was signed in Helsinki on 24/11/1436.
The Cabinet approved the two final accounts of the Saudi Industrial Development Fund and the Small and Medium Enterprises Loan Guarantee Program for the fiscal year 1435/1436.
The Cabinet approved a number of appointments as follows:
1- Princess Rima bint Bandar bin Sultan Al Saud appointed to the post of the President’s Undersecretary for Female Section (Rank 15) at the General Authority for Sports.
2- Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman bin Abdulaziz Al-Khunain transferred from the post of Civil Service Advisor (Rank 15) to the post of Undersecretary of the Ministry (Rank 15) at the Ministry of Civil Service.
3- Mohammed bin Saleh bin Abdullah Al-Ghufeili appointed to the post of Economic Advisor (Rank 15) at the Ministry of Finance.
4- Mishaal bin Naif bin Thellab Otaibi appointed to the post of Financial Advisor (Rank 15) at the Ministry of Health.
5- Sefer bin Sweyed bin Sefer Al-Ghamdi appointed to the post of Assistant Undersecretary of the Principality for Development Affairs (Rank 14) at the ) Baha Region Principality.
6- Khalid bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Khamis transferred from the post of Al-Mahd Governor / A Class (Rank 14) to the post of Security Advisor (Rank 14) at Madinah Region Principality.
7- Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al-Asker transferred from the post of Head Sector (Rank 14) to the post of Director General of General Budget (Rank 14) at the Ministry of Finance.
8- Jamal bin Abdulrahman bin Mohammed Al Abdulhadi appointed to the post of Head Sector (Rank 14) at the Ministry of Finance.
9- Mohammed bin Abdulmohsen bin Abdulaziz Al-Mowais appointed to the post of Director General of Administrative and Financial Affairs (Rank 14) at the Ministry of Health.
10- Uqab bin Munahi bin Uqab bin Aboud appointed to the post of Director General of Health Affairs in Eastern Region (Rank 14) at the Ministry of Health.
11- Saad bin Abdullah bin Suleiman Al-Yousef appointed to the post of Petroleum Advisor (Rank 14) at the Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources.
12- Yousef bin Abdullah bin Hamid Al-Hamed appointed to the post of Civil Service Advisor (Rank 14) at the Ministry of Civil Service.
13- Sulaiman bin Hassan bin Mansour Al-Zughaibi appointed to the post of Director General of the Ministry’s Branch in Riyadh Region (Rank 14) at the Ministry of Civil Service.