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The Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz, also known as The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, chaired a national cabinet session on Sep. 26 at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh.

Kicking off the session, King Salman commended the success and safety of this year’s Hajj pilgrimage– pilgrims were able to complete all Hajj-related rituals safely and comfortably, visiting all holy sites especially at the Grand Holy Mosque.

King Salman expressed appreciation for exertions of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, also directing thanks to all personnel in civil, military and national sectors who contributed to the success of this year’s Hajj season.

According to the Saudi state news agency SPA, The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques recognized the efforts of leaders, senior Islamic figures, guest government agencies and heads of Hajj missions. Alternatively, all those affiliated to this year’s pilgrimage had expressed deep appreciation of what has been provided by the Kingdom of services to pilgrims.

On the special occasion of the Kingdom celebrating its 86th National Day anniversary, the cabinet session commended national security and stability, in addition to the witnessed growth and prosperity in all aspects of life in Saudi Arabia.

The Cabinet highlighted what was previously stated by the Crown Prince when heading the Kingdom’s delegation at the 71st annual session at the UN General concerning national stance on fighting terrorism, and contributing to the achievement of international peace, security and stability.

Moreover, the session welcomed all resolutions on Yemen and Syria presented by Arab foreign ministers at the 146th session held in Cairo.

The national Saudi body lauded all exertions of security authorities which aided in thwarting terrorist operations linked to ISIS and other terror organization.

The Cabinet suspended allowances, premiums and other financial privileges given to officials.

The highest limit of a premium to be reimbursed to a government official for his extra working hours should not exceed 25% of his basic salary for the days he was assigned to work and 50% of the official off-days or holidays.

No official is to take more than a collection of 30 days of his secondment periods in the same financial year.

Transfer monthly allowance usually paid to an official on vacation is to be stopped.

The above regulations will be applied on all personnel, Saudi civil and military or non-Saudis, who are covered by salaries, wages and premiums tables, including those who are on operation programs in all government bodies, including establishments and general commissions and funds. This also applies to the current organizations or those to be established in future.

Within no more than 60 days from the issuance of the order, all government bodies and establishments, commissions and funds, should amend their regulations accordingly and forward their reports on what should be done.

A leader of the government body, the human resources chief and the financial controller should each be in charge of implementing the stated decree.

The General Bureau for Control and other control bodies will each be in charge of observing the implementation of this decision.