2005 News Story

Cabinet: King’s health, visit of Sultan Qaboos, Iraq, end of school year

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 gave reassurances on the continued improvement in the health of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz.

On behalf of King Fahd, Crown Prince Abdullah welcomed Oman's Sultan Qaboos bin Saeed as a guest in Saudi Arabia, and briefed the Cabinet on his meeting with the Omani leader, which focused on brotherly relations between the two countries, the progress of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), and the enhancement of cooperation at all levels in the interest of the Arab and Islamic worlds.

The Crown Prince then briefed the Cabinet on contacts with other leaders and officials on the latest international developments, notably events in Iraq and the continued tragic bloodshed, killing and targeting innocent people. The Cabinet affirmed that achievement of the aspirations of the Iraqi people for security and stability requires their unity and solidarity in order to confront anyone trying to encroach on them, and to allow Iraq to resume its membership in the international community.

Crown Prince Abdullah then wished every success to the students who are starting their final examinations, and urged teachers and educational bodies to provide students with the proper conditions for performance of their examinations in comfort.

Turning to its agenda, the Cabinet passed a number of resolutions, including authorization for the Minister of Interior or his deputy to discuss a draft agreement among member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) allowing extradition of convicted criminals; authorization for the Minister of Higher Education or his deputy to discuss a draft memorandum of understanding on scientific and educational cooperation with the Ministry of Education of the Republic of South Africa; endorsement of the agreement with the Government of the Federal Republic of Austria on economic, commercial, industrial and technological cooperation that was signed in Vienna on March 31, 2004; and endorsement of the November 7, 1991 amendments to the  International Maritime Organization (IMO) agreement concluded in Geneva in 1948.