Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz today chaired the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers, and briefed the Cabinet on talks held by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz and himself with heads of state and their envoys, including visiting Prime Minister of Malaysia Abdullah Ahmed Badawi, on the latest international developments, particularly the Palestinian issue and the situation in Iraq. The Cabinet again called for sincere international efforts to put an end to the suffering of the Palestinian people and halt Israel’s arbitrary decisions; and expressed the hope that the handing over of authority in Iraq will lead to the restoration of stability in all areas, security, economic, and political, so that Iraq can resume its role as an effective member of the international community at Arab, Islamic and international levels.
Turning to domestic issues, the Cabinet passed a number of resolutions, including endorsement of several amendments to the regulations governing the service of electricity. Upon the recommendations of the Minister of Water and Electricity, who is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Saline Water Conversion Corporation, the Cabinet has inserted the following amendments:
The Cabinet also passed resolutions approving a draft bill on patents covering blueprints for integrated circuits, plant species and industrial samples; approving a draft cooperation agreement with the Government of the Republic of Poland in the areas of economics, commerce, investment, technology, culture, tourism and youth; authorizing the Minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance or his deputy to discuss a draft memorandum of understanding with the Republic of Yemen in the field of Islamic affairs and endowments; and endorsing the agreement concluded with the Government of the Republic of Indonesia on the mutual encouragement and protection of investments.