The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud chaired the Cabinet’s session held at Al-Yamamah Palace on Tuesday, December 31st .
At the outset of the session, the King briefed the Cabinet on the content of the two messages received from President Sahle-Work Zewde and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.
The Cabinet welcomed the signing by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the State of Kuwait of an agreement annexed to the two agreements of dividing the divided and the submerged zones, adjacent to the divided zone, and a memorandum of understanding related to procedures for resuming oil production from the divided and submerged zones on both sides. The Cabinet also stressed that this embodies an aspect of deep-rooted relations between the two countries, led by The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Emir of the State of Kuwait.
The Minister of Media, Turki bin Abdullah Al-Shabanah, pointed out in a statement to the Saudi Press Agency after the session, that the Cabinet reviewed latest developments in the region and the world, stressing the Kingdom’s wide attention and follow-up to the sufferings of Muslims in Myanmar, praising in this regard the United Nations General Assembly adoption of the “Situation of Human Rights of Rohingya Muslims And Other Minorities In Myanmar” resolution, which the Kingdom submitted on behalf of its sponsoring countries, emanating from its belief in the need to find a solution to their tragedy and recognize their right of citizenship and a decent life.
The Cabinet reviewed the final statement of the meeting of independent members representatives of Syrian revolution and opposition forces held in Riyadh, with participation of Syrian national figures from all components of the Syrian people, citing the importance of the political process to achieve a political transition in accordance with international decisions, a condemnation of terrorism in all its forms, a demand for Foreign forces and militias, foremost of which Iranian militias, to exit from Syria, and a call on the international community to assume its responsibilities towards that. The cabinet stressed its keenness on unity, sovereignty, stability and cohesion of social fabric of Syria.
The Cabinet issued the following decisions:
First: The Cabinet approved an agreement between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Iraq on the promotion and mutual protection of investments. A royal decree has been prepared.
Second: The Cabinet approved a memorandum of understanding for cooperation in the field of intellectual property between the Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the National Intellectual Property Administration of the People’s Republic of China.
Third: The Cabinet approved a memorandum of understanding for cooperation in the fields of agricultural development and environmental sustainability between the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA).
Fourth: The Cabinet approved an agreement establishing the Gulf Payments Company.
Fifth: The Cabinet approved a memorandum of understanding for technical cooperation in the field of tax administration between the General Authority of Zakat and Tax of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Federal Tax Service of the Russian Federation.
Sixth: The Cabinet authorized the Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources – or his deputy – to discuss with the Tunisian side a draft memorandum of understanding for industrial cooperation between the Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Ministry of Industry and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises of the Republic of Tunisia.
Seventh: The Cabinet authorized the Minister of Transport, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the General Authority of Civil Aviation, – or his deputy – to sign a draft agreement in the field of air transport services between the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Government of the Argentine Republic.
Eighth: The Cabinet approved an agreement for cooperation in the field of sports between the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
Ninth: The Cabinet decided to transfer the national heritage activity from the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage to the Ministry of Culture.
Tenth: The Cabinet appointed Dr. Abdulrahman bin Saleh Al-Ubaid, Abdulaziz bin Nasser Al-Sorayai and Eng. Adel bin Ali Al-Ghamdi as members of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization.
Eleventh: The Cabinet appointed Dr. Abdulaziz bin Mohammed Al-Suwailem, Eng. Ali bin Ayedh Al-Qarni and Dr. Walid bin Mohammed Zahid as members of the Board of Directors of the National Center for Environmental Compliance Control.