Council for Political and Security Affairs [CPSA]
New policy and decision making body in the Saudi Government announced by royal decree on January 29, 2015.
Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef announced as chairman.
SUSRIS – February 11, 2015
Security and Political Affairs Council Holds Inaugural Meeting
The Saudi Arabian government was overhauled by King Salman on January 29th, following his ascension to the throne on January 23rd. Among the sweeping changes of office holders and institutions he created a Council of Political and Security Affairs to be led by the Second Deputy Premier, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef.
The Council of Political and Security Affairs was discussed by Dr. Theodore Karasik, a geo-political expert in Gulf affairs, during an exclusive interview with SUSRIS. Karasik talked about the government restructuring and said the council has nine members who are all from the foreign and security and intelligence services or have duties in those areas. “They are going to be responsible for the Kingdom’s security, both internally and externally, and they will be assisted by a secretariat and will have offices that help them in terms of their policy analysis,” Karasik said, adding, “I think this shows a broadening of the scope of Saudi decision making so that there are more inputs instead of a decision made by one individual because of their particular interests or files. This is an important step in Saudi policymaking.” [Dr. Karasik’s interview, part of our recent FocusKSA panel that included Gulf affairs analyst Fahad Nazer, will be published this week in SUSTG.com and SUSRIS.com.]
Today the Council of Political and Security Affairs met in Riyadh for their inaugural session under the leadership of Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, Second Deputy Premier, Deputy Crown Prince and Interior Minister. SUSRIS will follow developments in the evolution of this key policymaking body as events unfold. We provide here for your consideration the list of Council members and the official Saudi Press Agency report on the session.
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud issued a royal order today, forming the Council of Political and Security Affairs as follows:
1- Second Deputy Premier, Minister of Interior, President.
2- Minister of Foreign Affairs, Member.
3- Minister of National Guard, Member.
4- Minister of Defense, Member.
5- Minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance, Member.
6- Dr. Musaed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, Minister of State, Member of the Council of Ministers, Member.
7- Dr. Saad bin Khalid Al-Jabri, Minister of State, Member of the Council of Ministers, Member.
8- Minister of Culture and Information, Member.
9- Chief of General Intelligence, Member.
The Royal Order instructed that the Secretary General of the Council of Ministers shall be a Secretary of the Council of Political and Security Affairs.
Deputy Crown Prince Chairs First Meeting of Security and Political Affairs Council
Riyadh, Rabi’II 22, 1436, Feb 11, 2015, SPA — Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, the Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, who is also Chairman of the Security and Political Affairs Council, chaired at the Royal Court today the first meeting of the Security and Political Affairs Council.
At the outset of the meeting, Prince Mohammed bin Naif expressed thanks to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for his royal order establishing the Security and Political Affairs Council which reflects King Salman’s keenness to orchestrate all issues pertaining to security and political affairs according to prescribed strategies serving the interests of citizens and homeland.
Prince Mohammed stressed the monarch’s directives to upgrade the efficiency of performance and level of coordination in order to avoid duplication and achieve the projected goals leading to integration of roles, responsibilities and areas of profession to keep pace with the rapid developments and changes in various fields.
The meeting discussed the the council’s mechanisms and a number of issues relating to political and security affairs, including the latest developments at regional and international arenas.
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