For the Record | Saudi Cabinet Session – January 18th

Published: January 18, 2016

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Today we provide for the record the January 18th meeting of the Saudi cabinet chaired by King Salman.

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King Salman Chairs Cabinet’s Session – January 18, 2016

Riyadh, Rabi’II 08, 1437,January 18, 2016,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 today.

At the outset of the session, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques briefed the Cabinet on the telephone calls and messages with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of the Turkish Republic, President Abd Rabbou Mansour Hadi of the Republic of Yemen, President Joko Widodo of the Republic of Indonesia and Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, as well as the outcome of his talks with President Enrique Pena Nieto of the United States of Mexico, and the Speaker of the parliament of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan Asylbek Jeenbekov.

The Cabinet confirmed the strong denunciation and condemnation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia of the terrorist attacks and hostilities which took place in Burkina Faso, Cameron, Indonesia, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia and Turkey, resulted in killing and injuring dozens of innocents, and affirmed the Kingdom’s firm position against terrorism in all its forms regardless of its justifications as such acts are contradictory to all values, ethics and humanitarian principles and divine religions.

The Cabinet reiterated the Kingdom’s emphasis before the annual meeting of the United Nations Organization in New York that it was and is still a pioneer in the fight of terrorism and extremism through its security, social and intellectual efforts and its endeavor to urge other member States to benefit from the Anti-Terrorism Center in the United Nations to implement the United Nations Secretary General’s plan to combat extremism, noting that most victims of extremism all over the world are Muslims.

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King Salman chairing a meeting of the Saudi cabinet. (File)(SPA)

In a statement to the Saudi Press Agency following the session, the Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Adel bin Zaid Altoraifi, said that the Cabinet listened to a report on the outcome of the visits of Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense, to the United Arab Emirates and his meeting with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahayan, Crown Prince of Abu-Dhabi, and Vice Commander-in-chief of the armed forces and to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan at an invitation of the Pakistani government and his meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, and the Commander-in-chief of the Pakistani Army General Rahil Sharif.

The Cabinet paid tribute to the Coalition for the Support of Legitimacy in Yemen, as well as King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid for delivering medical and relief materials to the besieged in the city of Taiz, particularly the besieged neighborhoods and topographically-rugged areas through air-dropping of medical and foodstuff assistance as well as other relief materials.

On the domestic affairs, the Minister of Culture and Information said the Cabinet also lauded the directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques as he presided over the 3rd meeting of the Board of Trustees of King Fahd National Library’s ninth session on the importance of the library’s undertaking its responsibilities in the service of female and male readers and researchers.

The Cabinet was also briefed on the agenda of today’s session, including some of which were studied by the Shura Council and was briefed on the outcome reached by each of the General Committee of the Cabinet and the Cabinet’s Experts Bureau.

The Cabinet decided the following:

First :

The Cabinet approved the basic agreement on exchange and cooperation in the fields of geospatial intelligence between the Ministry of Defense of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Ministry of Defense of the United States of America, which was signed in the city of Springfield, Virginia State on 21/03/1436 H.

Second:

The Council of Ministers deputized the President of Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage or his deputy to discuss with the Chinese side a draft memorandum of understanding between the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Cultural Heritage Department of the People’s Republic of China on cooperation and knowledge exchange in the field of cultural heritage, sign it, and then forward the final version for further authentication.

Third:

The Cabinet amended its Resolution No. 257 dated 14/06/1435 H. so that the headquarters of the Standing Committee of the Saudi Arbitration Centers will be located at the Council of Chambers of Commerce and Industry instead of the Ministry of Justice.

The Cabinet also assigned this committee to prepare the list of arbitrators and in the authorized centers so that the parties concerned could choose from them.

Fourth: The Cabinet approved the Constituent Convention of the Asian Investment Bank on infrastructure, which was signed in Beijing on 12/9/1436 H.

Fifth:

The Cabinet authorized the Minister of Communications and Information Technology or his deputy to discuss with the Chinese side a draft memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the field of promoting the Silk Road Information development aiming to convey information between the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the State Committee for Development and Reforms of the People’s Republic of China, sign it, and forward the final version for further authentication.

Sixth:

The Cabinet adopted the guiding directory on beautification of cities in the municipalities of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states, in an implementation of the GCC Supreme Council resolution, taken at its 35th session which was held in Doha on 17/02/1436 H.

Seventh:

The Cabinet approved a memorandum of understanding relating to the nuclear cooperation programs on establishing a partnership on small-compact-unit reactors technology and building of mutual nuclear human capabilities and academic research between King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Ministry of Science, Information and Communications Technology and future planning of the Republic of Korea, which was signed on 12/5/1436 H.

Eighth:

The Cabinet decided to renew the membership of Abdul Aziz bin Mohammed Al-Athel to the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) and appointed Hamad bin Saud Al-Sayari and Khalid bin Ahmed Al-Jaffali as members of the Board of Directors of SAMA, for a period of five years retroactive to 13/03/1437 H.

Ninth:

The Cabinet approved the appointment of the following senior personnel:

1- Abdullatif bin Abdulrahman bin Ibrahim Al-Hareesh to the position of Legal Consultant at the 15th rank at the General Presidency of Youth Welfare.

2- Awadh bin Mohammed bin Ali Al Saeed as Assistant Undersecretary of Assir Region Governorate at the 14th rank at Assir Region Governorate.

3- Sami bin Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Mubarak as Assistant Undersecretary for Inspection and Labor Relations at the 14th rank at the Ministry of Labor.

4- Suleiman bin Ali bin Obaid Al-Obaid as Assistant Undersecretary for Real Estate Corporal Registration at the 14th rank at the Ministry of Justice

5- Abdulrahman bin Saleh Al-Abdal-Hadi as Director General of the Grand Mufti’s office at the 14th rank at the General Presidency of Scholarly Research and Ifta

The Cabinet also approved the transfer of:

6- Jameel bin Abbas bin Mustafa Sahali from the post of Governor of Amlaj Province (Category A) at the 14th rank at Tabuk Region governorate to the position of Assistant Undersecretary of Tabuk Region Governorate at the same rank.

The Cabinet was briefed on annual reports of King Abdulaziz Foundation for Archives and Information and Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency for previous fiscal years and issued its directives on them.

Source: 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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