For the Record | Saudi Cabinet Session – December 14th

Published: December 14, 2015

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Today we provide for the record the December 14th meeting of the Saudi cabinet chaired by King Salman.

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King Salman Chairs Cabinet’s Session – December 14, 2015

Riyadh, Rabi’I 03, 1437, December 14, 2015, SPA — The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud chaired the Cabinet’s session at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Monday afternoon.

At the outset of the session, the King briefed the Cabinet on his meetings and consultations with the leaders and heads of delegations of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) for Arab States, the President of the Republic of Uganda, and members of the Syrian opposition, in addition to the telephone call received from the French President.

The Cabinet welcomed Riyadh declaration and the final statement of the Supreme Council of Gulf Cooperation Council for Arab Gulf States in its 36th session held in Riyadh under the chairmanship of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, and its decisions including various fields that embody blocks in the edifice of GCC accomplishments aiming at achieving the aspirations of the GCC peoples.

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The Cabinet appreciated the vision of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques that the GCC states exert efforts for achieving concrete results to enhance the march of cooperation and interdependence among them, upgrade the Council’s international status, create an economic and social environment to promote citizens’ prosperity, and work according to an effective foreign policy that makes the GCC states avoid regional conflicts, helps to restore security and stability to neighboring countries, and completes what they started in building a common defensive and security system for protecting the interests and achievements of the Council’s states and their peoples.

The Cabinet reviewed the Arab and international commending of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for hosting the meeting of the Syrian opposition with all its strata and components in support from the Kingdom for finding a political solution that ensures the unity of Syrian territories in accordance with the decisions of Geneva 1 and emanating from the Kingdom’s keenness to achieve security, stability and justice in Syria and to return safe and stable.

The Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Adel bin Zaid Altoraifi said in his statement to Saudi Press Agency following the session that the Cabinet reviewed the latest developments in the region and the world and the results of regional and international meetings and consultations towards them, stressing in this context the Kingdom’s keenness on the importance of unifying all regional and international efforts to cope with the deteriorating situations in the Middle East being witnessing an unprecedented stage of instability, violence and the spread of the phenomenon of terrorism; especially from some of the organizations that claim Islam, and Islam is a religion of peace and respect for human life and dignity.

The Cabinet stressed what had been confirmed by the Kingdom on behalf of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) for Arab States in front of the high-level meeting of the General Assembly of the United Nations on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the World Summit for Social Development that the GCC member states initiated since the adoption of the 1995 Social Development Summit to develop necessary policies and plans to ensure the social development which aims to build a prosperous society to meet the needs of this generation and future generations.

They also continued the development of national strategies, building effective institutions and supporting civil society organizations to secure levels of economic, social and human development in which all participate efficiently and effectively.

The Minister said that the Cabinet highlighted the Kingdom’s call during the meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate change (21st session) in Paris to adopt and approve emissions cut policies that do not bias against any source of energy, and to look at these sources as complementary – not substitutes – for each other in a way contributes to achieving sustainable development for all, where the Kingdom renewed, during the meeting which approved Paris agreement on climate, its commitment to improving energy efficiency within its recognition of the importance of reducing emissions as a means to combat climate change and support sustainable development programs.

The Cabinet commended the announcement by the command of the coalition to support the legitimacy in Yemen over purging Greater Hanish Island of Houthi militias, to reinstate the legitimate government authority towards the stability of Yemen as the main goal.

The Cabinet reconfirmed the Kingdom’s condemnation of terrorist acts with all their various motives and forms, including the attack carried out by gunmen on Kandahar airport in southern Afghanistan, as well as the suicide attack in north of Cameroon, which resulted in the death and injury of dozens of civilians.

On domestic affairs, the Cabinet appreciated the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ patronage of King Khalid Award Winners Honoring Ceremony, at its 5th session and its three branches in Riyadh.

The Cabinet also congratulated the male and female winners of the municipal elections in their 3rd session, their success and implementation on the day of the ballot, which took place in (1296) polling stations in various regions of the Kingdom with the participation of (542,702) male and female voters during which up to (2106) male and female candidates won the membership of the municipal councils, expressing thanks to all government agencies and committees that participated in preparation of the electoral process.

The cabinet was briefed on the works and outcomes of the conferences and forums held in the Kingdom during the last week.

The Cabinet discussed the issues on its agenda, including some which were studied by the Shura Council and was briefed on the outcomes of each of the Cabinet’s General Committee and the Experts Bureau.

Accordingly, the Cabinet concluded the following:

First:
The cabinet authorized the Minister of Defense – or his deputy – to discuss and sign with Mali’s side a draft agreement in the military field between the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the government of Mali.

Second:
The cabinet authorized the Minister of Finance – or his deputy – to sign a draft agreement between the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the government of Argentina in the field of cooperation and mutual help in the customs affairs.

Third:
The cabinet authorized the Minister of Water and Electricity – or his deputy – to discuss and sign with the Switzerland’s side a draft memorandum of understanding between the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the government of Switzerland in the field of water and electricity.

Fourth:
The cabinet authorized the Minister of Civil Service – or his deputy – to discuss and sign with the American side a draft memorandum of cooperation between the Ministry of Civil Service of the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Office of Personnel Management of the government of United States of America.

Fifth:
The cabinet authorized the Minister of Foreign Affairs – or his deputy – to discuss and sign with the Cypriot side a draft memorandum of cooperation in the field of political consultations between the Foreign Affairs Ministry of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Foreign Ministry of Cyprus.

Sixth:
The cabinet approved an agreement of organization of transport of goods by land road among the Arab countries with installation of the Kingdom’s reservation: ‘the provisions in this convention will be applied without prejudice to the procedures and provisions of the (law) Common Customs of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on all incoming, outgoing and transit goods.’

Seventh:
The cabinet approved arrangements for individual cases of employees – those applicable to the same rules – who subject to the Civil Service’s system.

Eighth:
The cabinet approved an amendment of organization of the Public Education Assessment Commission. The Board of Directors is headed by the president who shall be appointed by the Premier and membership of the governor of the commission, representatives of the Ministry of Education and representatives of: Ministry of Labor, National Authority for Assessment and Accreditation, National Center for Measurement and Evaluation in Public Education, General Organization for Technical and Vocational Training, Saudi Society for Educational and Psychological Sciences, seven experts in the field of the commission’s activities and a representative from the private sector.

The Cabinet was briefed on annual report of the Ministry of Transport for the fiscal year (1434 / 1435H). The Cabinet issued relevant instructions.

–SPA

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Officials of the Government of Saudi Arabia

Source: Saudi Press Agency, SUSRIS.com 

Based on the January 2015 Royal Orders Restructuring with Updates

King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Premier, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques

1- Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud [Replacing Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz Al Saud] Crown Prince, Deputy Premier. [As of April 29, 2015] Retains post as Minister of Interior.
2- Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud [Replacing Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud], Deputy Crown Prince, Second Deputy Premier [As of April 29, 2015] Retains post as Minister of Defense.
3- Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir [Replacing Prince Saud bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud], Minister of Foreign Affairs. [As of April 29, 2015]
4- Prince Saud bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Minister of State, Cabinet’s Member, Adviser and Special Envoy to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and Supervisor of Foreign Affairs. [As of April 29, 2015]
5- Prince Mansour bin Miteb bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Minister of State, Member of the Council of Ministers, Advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.
6- Prince Miteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Minister of National Guard.
7- Sheikh Saleh bin Abdulaziz bin Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al Al-Sheikh, Minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance.
8- Dr. Walid bin Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Samaani, Minister of Justice.
9- Dr. Matlab bin Abdullah Al-Nafisah, Minister of State, Member of the Council of Ministers.
10- Dr. Musaed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, Minister of State, Member of the Council of Ministers.
11- Eng. Ali bin Ibrahim Al-Naimi, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources.
12- Dr. Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al-Assaf, Minister of Finance.
13- Eng. Abdullah bin Abdulrahman Al-Husayyn, Minister of Water and Electricity.
14- Dr. Mufrej bin Saad Al-Haqbani [Replacing Eng. Adel bin Mohammed bin Abdulqadir Faqih] Minister of Labor. [As of April 29, 2015]
15- Essam bin Saad bin Saeed, Minister of Housing. (Replaced Shwaish bin Saud Dhwaihi, Mar 11, 2015)
16- Dr. Bandar bin Mohammed bin Hamza Asaad Hajjar, Minister of Hajj.
17- Eng. Adel bin Mohammed bin Abdulqadir Faqih [Replacing Dr. Mohammed bin Suleiman bin Mohammed Al-Jasser] Minister of Economy and Planning. [As of April 29, 2015]
18- Dr. Mohammed bin Suleiman bin Mohammed Al-Jasser, Adviser at the Royal Court at the rank of Minister. [As of April 29, 2015]
19- Dr. Tawfiq bin Fawzan bin Mohammed Al-Rabiah, Minister of Commerce and Industry.
20- Mohammed bin Faisal bin Jaber Abu Saq, Minister of State, Member of the Council of Ministers for Shoura Council Affairs.
21- Dr. Essam bin Saad bin Said, Minister of State, Member of the Council of Ministers.
22- Eng. Abdullah bin Abdulrahman Al-Muqbel, Minister of Transport.
23- Dr. Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al-Suwaiyel, Minister of Communications and Information Technology.
24- Dr. Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qusaibi, Minister of Social Affairs.
25- Dr. Saad bin Khalid bin Saadallah Al-Jabri, Minister of State, Member of the Council of Ministers.
26- Mohammed bin Abdulmalik bin Abdullah Al Al-Sheikh, Minister of State, Member of the Council of Ministers.
27- Eng. Abdullatif bin Abdulmalik bin Omar Al Al-Sheikh, Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs.
28- Engineer Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al-Faleh [Replacing Mohammed bin Abdulmalik bin Abdullah Al Al-Sheikh, ACTING Minister of Health, who replaced Ahmed bin Aqeel Al-Khatib by Royal Order on Apr 11, 2015] as Minister of Health [As of April 29, 2015]
29- Khalid bin Abdullah Al-Araj, Minister of Civil Service.
30- Dr. Adel bin Zaid Al-Turaifi, Minister of Culture and Information.
31- Abdulrahman bin Abdulmohsen Al-Fadhli, Minister of Agriculture.
32- Dr. Azzam bin Mohammed Al-Dakhil, Minister of Education.
33- Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al-Suwailem to the post of Chief of Royal Court at Minister’s Rank. [As of April 29, 2015]
34- Khalid bin Abdulrahman Al-Essa, the Minister of State and Cabinet’s Member, to the post as Member at the Council of Political and Security Affairs. [As of April 29, 2015]
35- Sheikh Dr. Khalid bin Mohammed bin Nasser Al-Yousef to the post as Chairman of Board of Grievances at Minister’s Rank. [As of April 29, 2015]
36- Dr. Nasser bin Rajeh bin Mohammed Al-Shahrani to the post of Deputy President of Human Rights Commission at Excellent Rank. [As of April 29, 2015]
37- Appointing of Dr. Amro bin Ibrahim Rajab to the post of Deputy Chief of the Cabinet’s Bureau of Experts at Excellent Rank. [As of April 29, 2015]
38- Appointing of Dr. Mansour bin Abdullah Al-Mansour to the post of Assistant General President of Youth Welfare at Excellent Rank. [As of April 29, 2015]
39- Assigning Dr. Abdullah bin Saleh Al-Jasser, Deputy Minister of Culture and Information to act as President of Radio and Television Commission in addition to his post. [As of April 29, 2015]
40 – Appointing Saleh bin Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Jasser to the post as Adviser at the Royal Court at Excellent Rank. [As of April 29, 2015]
41 – Appointing Prince Mansour bin Muqrin bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to the post of Adviser to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques at the Rank of Minister. [As of April 29, 2015]

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The Cabinet of Saudi Arabia as of January 29, 2015. (SPA)

OFFICIALS BY POSITION

CABINET MINISTERS & SENIOR OFFICIALS (as of April 29, 2015)

  • King — King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques
  • Prime Minister — King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques
  • Deputy Prime Minister — Prince Mohammed bin Naif [Nayef] bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (Crown Prince)
  • Second Deputy Prime Minister — Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (Deputy Crown Prince)
  • Minister of Agriculture — Abdulrahman bin Abdulmohsen Al-Fadhli
  • Minister of Civil Service — Khalid bin Abdullah Al-Araj
  • Ministry of Commerce and Industry — Dr. Tawfiq bin Fawzan bin Mohammed Al-Rabiah
  • Ministry of Communications and Information Technology — Dr. Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al-Suwaiyel
  • Ministry of Culture and Information — Dr. Adel bin Zaid Al-Turaifi
  • Minister of Defense — Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
  • Minister of Economy and Planning — Eng. Adel bin Mohammed bin Abdulqadir Faqih
  • Minister of Education — Dr. Azzam bin Mohammed Al-Dakhil
  • Minister of Finance — Dr. Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al-Assaf
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs — Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir
  • Minister of Health — Engineer Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al-Faleh
  • Minister of Housing — Essam bin Saad bin Saeed, Minister of Housing
  • Minister of Interior — Prince Mohammed bin Naif [Nayef] bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
  • Minister for Islamic Affairs, Endowment, Call & Guidance — Sheikh Saleh bin Abdulaziz bin Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al Al-Sheikh
  • Minister of Justice — Dr. Walid bin Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Samaani
  • Minister of Labor — Dr. Mufrej bin Saad Al-Haqbani
  • Minister of Municipal & Rural Affairs — Eng. Abdullatif bin Abdulmalik bin Omar Al Al-Sheikh
  • Minister of the National Guard — Prince Miteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
  • Minister of Petroleum & Mineral Resources — Eng. Ali bin Ibrahim Al-Naimi
  • Minister of Pilgrimage Affairs [Hajj] & Religious Trusts — Dr. Bandar bin Mohammed bin Hamza Asaad Hajjar
  • Minister of Social Affairs — Dr. Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qusaibi
  • Minister of Transport — Eng. Abdullah bin Abdulrahman Al-Muqbel
  • Minister of Water & Electricity — Eng. Abdullah bin Abdulrahman Al-Husayyn
  • Minister of State — Prince Saud bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Cabinet Member, Adviser and Special Envoy to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and Supervisor of Foreign Affairs.
  • Minister of State — Prince Mansour bin Miteb bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Member of the Council of Ministers, Advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.
  • Minister of State — Dr. Matlab bin Abdullah Al-Nafisah, Member of the Council of Ministers
  • Minister of State — Dr. Musaed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, Member of the Council of Ministers
  • Minister of State — Mohammed bin Faisal bin Jaber Abu Saq, Member of the Council of Ministers for Shoura Council Affairs
  • Minister of State — Dr. Essam bin Saad bin Said, Member of the Council of Ministers
  • Minister of State — Dr. Saad bin Khalid bin Saadallah Al-Jabri, Member of the Council of Ministers
  • Minister of State — Mohammed bin Abdulmalik bin Abdullah Al Al-Sheikh, Member of the Council of Ministers
  • Minister of State — Khalid bin Abdulrahman Al-Essa
  • Chairman, Supreme Ulama Council — Abd al-Aziz bin Abdallah AL Al-Shaykh
  • Governor Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency — Fahd bin Abdallah al-Mubarak
  • Ambassador to the United States — (Vacant)
  • Permanent Representative to the UN, New York — Abdallah bin Yahya al-Muallami
  • Chief of Royal Court — Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al-Suwailem
  • Adviser at the Royal Court — Dr. Mohammed bin Suleiman bin Mohammed Al-Jasser

Source: Saudi Press Agency, World Factbook, SUSRIS.com

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