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 he had held with visiting dignitaries the President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai, the Prime Minister of Pakistan Shawkat Aziz, and the Prime Minister of Malaysia Abdullah Ahmed Badawi, including the latter’s convening, as chair of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), an extraordinary Islamic Summit in Makkah for November of this year.
Commenting on the 2005 State Budget, Crown Prince Abdullah urged all ministers to carry out all the designated projects, including the additional projects being financed by the budget surplus, in order to achieve the citizens' well-being and prosperity and enhance the infrastructure and the nation’s economy.
The Cabinet then called for continued efforts to combat criminal acts that threaten the nation’s security and unity, and expressed satisfaction over citizen participation in the ongoing national campaign for solidarity in counter-terrorism, the aim of which is to highlight the dangers of the scourge of terrorism.
The Cabinet reviewed the government's great interest in and distinguished care for the nation’s heritage and culture through the annual Festival at Jenadriyah, and expressed thanks to the National Guard, headed by Crown Prince Abdullah, for its efforts to preserve the Kingdom’s deep-rooted heritage and display its great culture in the many activities during the Festival.
Turning to domestic affairs, the Cabinet passed a number of resolutions, including authorization for the Minister of Foreign Affairs or his deputy to discuss a cooperation agreement with the Kingdom of Spain; and approval for the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency to represent the Kingdom as member in the International Association of Insurance Supervisors.