The Council of Ministers held its session today (Tuesday) via video conference, chaired by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Prime Minister.
At the beginning of the session, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques expressed his thanks and appreciation to the leaders of Arab, Islamic and friendly countries who wished him health and wellness, and to his citizens’ sons and daughters for their sincere and good feelings and prayers. The members of the Council also raised sincere calls to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, that God bless him with good health and wellness.
Then the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques thanked God Almighty for the great honor and high rank he bestowed on this blessed country among the nations by serving his ancient house and the mosque of his Noble Prophet, may God bless him and grant him peace, and for his success in enabling large numbers of pilgrims and worshipers in the Two Holy Mosques during the month Blessed Ramadan, attention and care for their safety, comfort and security.
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques also briefed the Cabinet on the content of the talks that took place with a number of state leaders during the past days, including the letter he sent to his brother, the Emir of the sisterly State of Kuwait, Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, and the letter he received from Burundian President Evarist Ndayishimiye.
The Minister of Information in charge, Dr. Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qasabi, explained that the Council subsequently expressed its deep feelings of sorrow and sadness for the death of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan – may God have mercy on him – after a life full of great deeds, great achievements, and a journey full of sincere giving, for the good. of the United Arab Emirates, its progress, prosperity and the prosperity of its people.
The Cabinet congratulated Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on his election by the Supreme Council of the Union as President of the sisterly United Arab Emirates, expressing his aspiration to continue working to strengthen the bonds of brotherhood between the two brotherly countries and peoples, and to strengthen relations between the countries of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf.
The council touched on the pivotal role that Saudi Arabia plays through its global partnership, in an effort to contribute to strengthening international peace and security, and for the benefit of the region and its peoples, development and stability.
In this context, the Council of Ministers reiterated what Saudi Arabia confirmed during the ministerial meeting of the international coalition against ISIS, which was held in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh, of its continued firm position in support of international efforts against this terrorist organization, and its keenness on the stability of Iraq and the extension of its influence and sovereignty over its entire territory, and the establishment of security and the economic situation in the liberated areas of Syria, and the welcoming of the establishment of a focus group for Africa to counter the growing threat of the spread of ISIS on the African continent.
And he indicated that the Council discussed what was included in Saudi Arabia’s participation in the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, and the second meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors of the Group of Twenty, in emphasizing the importance of joint action to address the challenges arising from recent geopolitical tensions and the ongoing repercussions of the Corona pandemic, as well as the importance of climate policies. prudent to ensure the stability of energy markets, including the balanced transition necessary for global economic stability.
The Council of Ministers promised the Saudi humanitarian initiative to release 163 Houthi prisoners who participated in the hostilities against Saudi lands, that it comes in support of efforts and endeavors to end the Yemeni crisis and bring peace and the efforts of the United Nations to consolidate the current armistice and create an atmosphere for dialogue between the Yemeni parties, as well as to facilitate the termination of the file of prisoners and detainees in harmony. With Islamic values, human principles and authentic Arab traditions.
The Council reviewed the most prominent activities that Saudi Arabia witnessed during the past days, including the launch of the general population and housing census, the outcomes of the conference and the International Education Exhibition, and the results of the Future of Aviation Conference, during which more than 50 agreements worth (10 billion riyals) were signed, including strengthening cooperation in the fields of Air service, sustainability, human capital development and airport operation.
The Cabinet expressed its satisfaction with the 9.6% growth achieved by Saudi Arabia’s gross domestic product in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the same period in 2021, at the highest growth rate during the past ten years, driven by the increase in oil and non-oil activities.
The Council of Ministers was briefed on the topics on its agenda, including topics that the Shura Council participated in its study. It also reviewed the conclusions of the Council of Economic and Development Affairs, the Council of Political and Security Affairs, the General Committee of the Council of Ministers, and the Council of Experts in the Council of Ministers in this regard.
The council concluded the following:
Authorizing the Minister of Sports – or his representative – to discuss with the Portuguese side a draft memorandum of understanding between the Ministry of Sports in Saudi Arabia and the Ministry of Education in the Republic of Portugal to cooperate in the field of sports, sign it, and then submit the final signed copy, to complete the legal procedures.
Approval of a general agreement between the government of Saudi Arabia and the government of the Republic of South Sudan.
Approval of a memorandum of understanding in the field of standardization between the government of Saudi Arabia and the government of the Sultanate of Oman
Authorizing the Minister of Communications and Information Technology – or his representative – to discuss with the South African side a draft memorandum of understanding between the Government of Saudi Arabia and the Government of the Republic of South Africa for cooperation in the field of communications and information technology, to sign it, and then submit the final signed copy, to complete the regulatory procedures.
Authorizing the Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Export Development Authority – or his representative – to negotiate with the International Trade Center of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) regarding a draft memorandum of understanding between the Saudi Export Development Authority in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Trade Center The International Trade Organization of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations Conference on Development (UNCTAD) for cooperation in the development of non-oil exports, sign it, and then upload the final signed copy, to complete the regulatory procedures.
Approval of a memorandum of understanding in the field of preventing and combating corruption between the Control and Anti-Corruption Authority in Saudi Arabia and the Administrative Control Authority in the Arab Republic of Egypt.
Approval of the organization of the Premium Residency Center.
Appointment of Dr. Fahd bin Abdullah Tounsi as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Center for Measuring the Performance of Public Institutions.
Adopting the (Ministry of Foreign Affairs Visa Platform) currently in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to be the unified national platform for visas, and for the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development – through its platforms – to be responsible for all work visa applications submitted by natural or legal persons and send them to the unified national platform for visas at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs .
Approval of promotions for the fifteenth and fourteenth ranks, as follows:
– Hamad bin Sulaiman bin Khalid Al-Natheer is promoted to the position of Undersecretary at the fifteenth rank at the Ministry of Interior.
– Fahad bin Muhammad bin Ibrahim Al-Rashudi is promoted to the position of (General Manager) at the fifteenth rank at the Ministry of Interior.
Promotion of Hamad bin Ibrahim bin Muhammad bin Asfour to the position of (General Manager) at rank (14th) in the Navy.
– Saad bin Nasser bin Muhammad Al-Rabee is promoted to the position of (General Manager) at the (14th) rank of the Air Defense Forces.
– Abdul Mohsen bin Suleiman bin Abdul Mohsen Al Dabaan is promoted to the position of (Security Adviser) at rank (14) at the Ministry of Interior.
– Hussain bin Hadi bin Hamad Al Hanan is promoted to the position of (Business Adviser) at the (14th) rank in the General Directorate of Border Guards.
– Nawaf bin Qaid bin Dhawaihi Al-Otaibi is promoted to the position of (General Manager) at rank (fourteenth) at the Civil Status Agency.
– Eng. Abdulaziz bin Abdul Rahman bin Saad Al Haqan is promoted to the position of (Civil Engineer Consultant) at rank (fourteenth) in the Riyadh Municipality.
– Dr. Rashid bin Ibrahim bin Abdullah Al-Warqan is promoted to the position of (religious research advisor) at rank (14) at the Supreme Judicial Council.
The Council of Ministers was also briefed on a number of general topics on its agenda, including annual reports of the Ministry of Education, the General Authority for Endowments, the Decision Support Center, and the Human Rights Commission, and the Council took the necessary measures regarding these topics.
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