The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Prime Minister, chaired yesterday the cabinet's virtual session.
At the outset of the session, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques expressed thanks and appreciation for the leaders and heads of delegations of the GCC member states as well as the participants in the 41st Session of the Supreme Council of the GCC (Sultan Qaboos and Sheikh Sabah Summit) for the blessed efforts they have exerted to make the summit a success.
The cabinet forwarded congratulations to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and HRH the crown prince on the success of the summit as well as the continuation of the cooperation march to achieve the joint interests of the GCC peoples and enhance the security and stability of the region.
The cabinet reiterated the contents of HRH the crown prince’s speech underscoring that the policy of the kingdom, led by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, is based on a firm approach targeting the highest interests of the GCC states and Arab countries including their future plans and visions.
The cabinet quoted HRH the crown prince as citing the kingdom’s ambitious developmental vison 2030 putting a strong unified GCC as priority in addition to enhancing Arab and Islamic cooperation in a way that serves the security and stability of their member countries as well as the regions at large.
The cabinet cited the crown prince as underscoring the importance of unifying the efforts to help advance the region and face the challenges engulfing it, citing the Iranian regime’s nuclear program, ballistic missiles program and subversive plots it is adopting through its clients in the region aiming to destabilise the region and the world at large using terrorist and sectarian activities.
The cabinet welcomed Al-Ula Declaration signed by the leaders and heads of delegates of the GCC.
The cabinet referred to the keenness of the declaration on fulfilling the implementation of the vision of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, including proceeding with the components of economic unity, defense system and joint security, drafting a unified foreign policy as well as underling the importance of GCC, Arab and Islamic solidarity and stability as well as enhancing the GCC regional role and unifying the political positions and enhancing the ties of fraternity and amicability among the GCC states and their peoples in a way that serves the noble objectives of the Arab nation.
The cabinet commended the final communique issued by the GCC Supreme Council in its 41st session, that included the confirmation of leaders and heads of state delegations on their keenness to advance the march of GCC joint action, achieve the aspirations of the citizens of the GCC countries in interconnectedness, cooperation and integration as well as strengthen the bonds of the GCC and consolidate its foundations and coordinate collective stances towards international and regional issues of common interest.
The final communique reiterated welcoming the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's hosting the next 42nd Session of the GCC Supreme Council.
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques briefed the Cabinet on the contents of the two messages he has received from both of Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Emir of the State of Kuwait and Sultan Haitham bin Tariq bin Taimur of the Sultanate of Oman.
The cabinet reviewed the developments of coronavirus pandemic at the local and international levels and a set of reports related to the proactive and rapid measures being taken in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the safety of society, achieving more gains to confront the pandemic in addition to the activities of the national vaccination campaign centers amid the increasing turnout by all citizens and residents to obtain the free of charge vaccine with the ongoing indicators and data related to the epidemiological analysis in positive and promising trends.
The cabinet also discussed the latest developments in the region and the world and reiterated the Kingdom's condemnation of the cowardly terrorist act that targeted Aden airport, affirming its solidarity and standing by Yemen and the Yemeni people, citing its trust that this treacherous incident would only increase their determination and steadfastness in achieving their aspirations and restoring their legitimacy.
The cabinet reviewed topics on its agenda, including some being co-studied by the Shura Council. The cabinet was also briefed on the outcomes reached by the Economic and Development Affairs Council, the Political and Security Affairs Council, the General Committee of the Council of Ministers, and the cabinet's Experts Commission with regard to the agenda.
The cabinet issued the following decisions:
First: the cabinet authorized the minister of energy - or his representative - to discuss and sign a draft memorandum of understanding between the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Kingdom of Morocco in the field of renewable energy.
Second: the cabinet authorized the minister of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance - or his representative - to discuss and sign a draft memorandum of understanding between the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the State Commission on Religious Affairs in the Republic of Kyrgyzstan in the field of Islamic affairs.
Third: the cabinet approved the regulation of the Cultural Development Fund.
Fourth: the cabinet approved amending the press institutions regulation issued by Royal Decree No. (M/ 20) dated 5/8/1422 A.H.
Fifth: the cabinet approved the establishment of a central risk classification unit in the Ministry of Finance, and the establishment of a central risk classification unit in ministries and government agencies.
Sixth: the cabinet approved the Saudi Industrial Development Fund joining the World Economic Forum.
Seventh: granting the General Authority of Endowments, the authority to exercise its supervisory competence over endowments in the kingdom.
Eighth: the cabinet approve the Real Estate Development Fund regulation.
Ninth: the cabinet approved a number of promotions at the 14th and 15th ranks.
The cabinet was briefed on a number of issues on its agenda and took relevant recommendations.