For the Record | Saudi Cabinet Session – January 11th

Published: January 13, 2016

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Today we provide for the record the January 11th meeting of the Saudi cabinet chaired by King Salman.

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King Salman Chairs Cabinet’s Session – January 13, 2016

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud chaired the Cabinet’s session at Al-Yamamah palace in Riyadh today.

At the outset of the session, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques briefed the Cabinet on the outcomes of his talks with President of the Republic of Tunisia, President of the Republic of Turkey, President of the State of Palestine and Chairman of Palestine Liberation Organization, President of the Republic of Tajikistan and Lebanon’s former President, as well as the topics of his telephone conversations with Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the President of the Republic of Egypt and the King of Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

The Council of Ministers expressed its congratulations to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques on the first anniversary of his ascension to the throne, and on the firm positions and achievements realized by the Kingdom at international political arenas and national and developmental accomplishments in all fields.

The Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Adel bin Zaid Altoraifi said in a statement to the Saudi Press Agency following the session that the Council of Ministers paid tribute to the contents of the King’s annual speech delivered at the inauguration of the fourth year of the sixth session of the Shura Council, reflecting an integral and developmental, political, economic and security vision carrying positive meanings and indications in a changing and confusing world and illustrating the Kingdom’s keenness to fulfill its duties and responsibilities to best serve Islam and Muslims.

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The Cabinet highlighted the continuing interest of the government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques in health, education, housing, employment, transport and economic sectors through providing unlimited financial, human and organizational support as part of its awareness that Saudi citizens are its first developmental priority.

The Cabinet emphasized the Kingdom’s pursuing a firm foreign policy that is committed to international charters and advocating Islamic and Arab causes aiming to fight terrorism, achieve security and stability in the world, and seek to achieve the unity of ranks to face the dangers and challenges engulfing the Islamic and Arab nations.

The Council of Ministers highly valued the directives issued by the King to the Council of Economic and Development Affairs following the approval of the State’s general budget 1437/1438 H. to work to launch a comprehensive and structural economic and financial reforms program so that the budget would represent the start of a complementary and comprehensive working program to build a strong economy based on firm pillars in which income resources diversify, savings grow, job opportunities increase, partnership between the public and private sectors strengthen together with continual developmental and service projects implementation, different governmental services promotion and public expenditure efficiency upgrading.

The Minister said that Cabinet appreciated the King’s directive to officials to give priority to complete the implementation of projects approved in previous budgets, many of them are under construction, and his directive to officials responsible for the preparation of the budget to bear in mind the continuing work on the integrated and balanced comprehensive development in all regions of the Kingdom, and his emphasis on officials to implement their missions in the best way and serve citizens, who are the leadership’s focus of attention, as well as continuing revision of the regulations of control systems to ensure the promotion of their authorities, upgrade the performance of their missions and responsibilities, preserve public money and ensure accountability for the negligent.

The Cabinet expressed its appreciation to Arab, Islamic and friendly countries and Arab and international organizations, parliaments and bodies that expressed their support for the decisions and measures taken by the Kingdom to fight terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, track down perpetrators of terrorist acts and agitators of seditions, prosecute them , and implement judicial rulings without discrimination for any consideration in application of the Islamic Sharia for the protection of rights, achievement of justice, maintaining the security of the society, deterring anyone who tempts for spreading corruption on the earth, and commending the judiciary’s efficiency in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its independence and integrity.

The Cabinet condemned the attacks, destruction, burning and looting of the contents of the Kingdom’s Embassy in Tehran and Consulate in Mashhad, noting that the attacks came after Iranian aggressive regime’s comments which formed a blatant incitement encouraged the attacks on the Kingdom’s missions and represents a flagrant violation of all international agreements, charters and treaties.

The Cabinet noted the position of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Gulf Cooperation Council for Arab States, their strong condemnation of Iranian attacks, their categorical rejection of them, and holding the Iranian authorities full responsibility according to their commitment to Vienna Conventions 1961 and 1963, and the international law holding countries the responsibility for protecting diplomatic missions.

Dr. Adel bin Zaid Altoraifi said that the Cabinet thanked all sisterly and friendly countries, which announced their stand and solidarity with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in its decision, and decided to recall their ambassadors and cut off diplomatic relations with the Republic of Iran.

The Cabinet reviewed the Arab League Council’s reconfirmation of its condemnation of the Iranian government for interfering in the internal affairs of Arab countries, considering it as a violation of the rules of the international law and the principle of good neighborliness, and a serious threat to regional and international security and peace.

On the local affairs, the Minister of Culture and Information pointed out that the Cabinet lauded the decisions issued by the 45th meeting of the Board of Directors of King Abdulaziz Foundation for Archives and Information which was chaired by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.

The Council was briefed on a number of activities and results of conferences and symposiums held in the Kingdom during the past two weeks. It also reviewed the topics of today’s session agenda, some of which were studied by the Shura Council, and was briefed on the outcome reached by each of the General Committee of the Council of Ministers and the Experts Bureau of the Council of Ministers. To this end, the Council has decided the following:

First: The Cabinet approved the amendment of several articles of the weapons and ammunition system, issued according to the Royal Decree No. (M / 45) dated 25/7/1426 H.

Second: The Cabinet approved the agreement between the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Government of Romania with respect to reciprocal treatment to exempt diplomatic missions of both the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Romania from added value taxation, which was signed in the city Bucharest on 14/05/1436 H.

Third: The Cabinet authorized the Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources or his deputy to discuss with the Mexican side a draft memorandum of understanding between the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Government of the United Mexican States on cooperation in the sectors of oil and gas, sign it, and then forward the final version to complete the legal procedures.

Fourth: Based on a proposal by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Council of Ministers approved changing the name of the Institute of Diplomatic Studies to Prince Saud Al-Faisal Institute for Diplomatic Studies.

Fifth: The Council of Ministers approved the Air Services Agreement between the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Government of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan, which was signed in Riyadh on 10/02/1436 H.

Sixth: Having being briefed by the concerned authority on the issue of seizing governmental land plots, the Cabinet approved a host of arrangements to tackle this matter, including that the concerned governmental authority will have the right to enable whoever holds a land within the city’s urban zone and is using it for agricultural or industrial or service or commercial purposes to continue benefiting from the actually-exploited part of the plot at a rent rate to be fixed by the concerned authority provided that it would not be less than the leasing rate of a similar site in the vicinity and according to a number of conditions, including:

– the land held should not be banned or contradictory to the public order,

– the land should not be part of sites allotted for drinking water resources or non-renewable water zones,

– the duration of exploiting the land should not exceed 25 years with the right of the governmental authority persists in ending the right of taking the possession of the land at any time, if public interest deemed it necessary,

– the benefit from the land plot should be subject to the allotted usage of the land according to the accredited plan,

– the holder of the land will have no right to transfer or rent it to others,

– the holder of the land should pledge to eliminate all constructions he made at the end of the duration of benefiting from it and, if the governmental authority would not like to eliminate them, he has no right to demand compensation.

The Cabinet was also briefed on two annual reports of the General Commission for Statistics and the Economic Cities Authority for two previous fiscal years. The Cabinet has instructed the pertinent authorities accordingly.

Source: mofa.gov.sa

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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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