Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh today.
The King opened the meeting by briefing the Cabinet on his recent contacts with international leaders and their envoys. He said that his meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak focused on global issues including the Palestinian situation and Iraq, as well as bilateral relations.
In a statement after the meeting, Minister of Culture and Information Iyad Madani said that the Cabinet welcomed the outcome of the 17th Saudi-Yemeni Coordination Council, which was co-chaired this past week by Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz and Yemeni Prime Minister Abdulqadir Bajamal.
The Cabinet issued a number of decisions. It approved an agreement on air transport services with Hong Kong, as well as system for depositing items in public stores as recommended by the Shura (Consultative) Council. It also approved an amendment to the academic calendar for the 2006-2007 school year.
The Cabinet also agreed that the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources would replace the General Establishment for Petroleum and Minerals (Petromin) on the board of directors of the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu. In addition, it renewed the terms for three members of the board of directors of the Commission for Organizing Electricity and Dual Production for three years, effective February 26, 2006.
The Cabinet also approved a number of appointments, including Dr. Abdulrahman bin Ahmed Al-Jaafari and Dr. Fahd bin Salih Alsultan to the Board of Directors of the Commission for Organizing Electricity and Dual Production; Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Al Alsheikh as Deputy Governor for Planning and Development at the Water Desalination General Corporation; Nassir bin Mohammed bin Nassir Alrishaidan as Minister Plenipotentiary Category A at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and Awwad bin Owaid bin Homaid Alkhatabi as Director General for Administrative and Financial Affairs at the Ministry of Health.