Newly appointed Saudi Cabinet members sworn in

King Salman receives newly appointed ministers at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 02 January 2019
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Newly appointed Saudi Cabinet members sworn in

  • King Salman also presided over Tuesday afternoon’s Cabinet session at Al-Yamamah Palace

RIYADH: King Salman swore in the new Cabinet ministers at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Tuesday.

The ministers included Prince Turki bin Mohammed bin Fahd as minister of state; Abdullah bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz as minister of national guard; Dr. Fahd bin Abdullah Al-Mubarak as minister of state; Dr. Hamad bin Al-Asheikh as minister of education and minister of information; and Turki Al-Shabanah as media minister.

Other officials were sworn in included Prince Turki bin Talal bin Abdul Aziz as governor of Asir, Prince Badr bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz as deputy governor of Makkah, and Prince Faisal bin Nawaf bin Abdul Aziz as governor of Al-Jouf.

Furthermore, King Salman presided over Tuesday afternoon’s Cabinet session at Al-Yamamah Palace.

The king affirmed that the issuance of a number of royal decrees, which included the restructuring of the Cabinet and some government agencies and the appointment of a number of ministers and officials, stems from the keenness to continue the Kingdom’s development process, achieve the aspirations in the performance of the state’s institutions, and to raise the level of services provided to citizens and residents. 

He also greeted the new ministers and wished all new officials success, while expressing his thanks to former officials for their efforts.

The Cabinet expressed its appreciation to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for emphasizing that economic and structural reforms in the national economy are moving steadily toward achieving the objectives of Vision 2030. These include diversifying the economy, achieving economic stability and financial sustainability, improving the efficiency of public finance management, stimulating the private sector, and working to improve the standard of living for citizens.

The Cabinet appreciated the royal decree that will allow the continuation of the disbursement of allowances for the monthly cost of living for civil and military personnel, pensions and the monthly allowance for social security beneficiaries, while continuing the increase in financial rewards for male and female students for one fiscal year, reflecting the keenness of King Salman to fulfill the needs of all Saudi citizens.


KSRelief to launch ‘aid projects for Syrian refugees in Lebanon’

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KSRelief to launch ‘aid projects for Syrian refugees in Lebanon’

  • Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah announced the initiatives at the start of a three-day visit to Lebanon
  • UN figures put Saudi Arabia at the forefront of efforts to provide relief for refugees and crisis-hit people

BEIRUT: The general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) on Monday revealed plans to launch vital aid projects for Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah announced the initiatives at the start of a three-day visit to Lebanon aimed at stepping up joint relief work in the country.

After being met by the Saudi ambassador to Lebanon, Walid Al-Bukhari, at Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut, Al-Rabeeah said in a statement that he was looking forward to further cementing the strong bonds between the two countries.

He said the purpose of his trip was for the Kingdom to “implement a series of relief and humanitarian projects, meet with officials in Lebanon, and extend bridges of cooperation between KSRelief and Lebanese civil society institutions.”

He added that the meetings in Beirut were part of “building strong bridges of cooperation for the benefit of refugees as well as those in need in various areas of Lebanon.”

Al-Rabeeah noted that the Kingdom was the world leader in initiating humanitarian projects and said UN figures put Saudi Arabia at the forefront of efforts to provide relief for refugees and crisis-hit people.

Al-Rabeeah, who is also a royal adviser, on Monday met with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, along with religious leaders including the grand mufti of Lebanon, Sheikh Abdul Latif Deryan, head of the Supreme Islamic Shiite Council, Sheikh Abdul Amir Qabalan, Druze spiritual chief Sheikh Naim Hassan, and Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros Al-Rahi.

He said he would be happy to meet Lebanese President Michel Aoun if their schedules allowed.

During talks with Deryan, Al-Rabeeah stressed that Saudi Arabia was keen to support aid work in Lebanon. “We will extend our cooperation with Dar Al-Fatwa and its humanitarian, governmental and community organizations in Lebanon. I am sure that this visit will result in many programs that will serve the refugees and the needy in Lebanon and benefit everyone.”

On the Kingdom’s vision for Lebanon, he added: “Everyone is optimistic about the future of Lebanon, not just me. First and foremost, the Lebanese communities are keen to build a new Lebanon. I am also sure that friendly countries, especially Saudi Arabia, will support its reconstruction and development.”

Deryan praised “the efforts of KSRelief to heal the wounds of the needy in Lebanon and the Arab region.”

As part of his trip, Al-Rabeeah will travel to the town of Saadnayel, in the Bekaa area, to visit Syrian refugee camps and launch a UNESCO schools project to support basic education for Syrian refugee students in Lebanon.

The project is funded by KSRelief and implemented in partnership with the Kayany Foundation, headed by Nora Jumblatt.

A UNESCO spokesperson told Arab News: “The project aims to widen education opportunities and help at-risk Syrian students in Lebanon, especially at the intermediate and high school levels. It is linked to ongoing initiatives related to the education of Syrians in Lebanon in an attempt to fill the gap and complement recent efforts.”

Al-Rabeeah will be joined at the launch event by Lebanese Minister of Education Akram Chehayeb, Jumblatt, UN resident and humanitarian coordinator for Lebanon, Philippe Lazzarini, and director of the UNESCO regional office in Beirut, Hamed Al-Hammami.