2006 News Story

Cabinet: Palestinians, Indonesia quake, fee waiver for absconders

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.

In a statement after the meeting, Minister of Transport Jubarah Al-Suraisri said that the Cabinet would like to see the Palestinians work towards national unity and overcome their differences that are sowing dissension and having a negative impact on the Palestinian issue.

Turning to Saturday’s earthquake in Indonesia, Al-Suraisri said that King Abdullah offered his condolences to the Indonesian government and people. The King prayed for the victims of the quake and directed Saudi authorities to deliver humanitarian assistance to affected areas.

Minister of Interior Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz also briefed the Cabinet on the recent Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) ministerial meeting in Abu Dhabi. The Cabinet praised GCC states’ counterterrorism efforts.

The Cabinet issued a number of decisions. It waived the official fines and fees that employers must pay to the Passport Department in the event an expatriate worker dies or absconds, providing that the employer has notified the authorities of the worker’s death or disappearance.

The Cabinet agreed to allow GCC citizens to practice some activities in Saudi Arabia, including following up on routine transactions at government and private offices and obtaining commercial licenses on a reciprocal basis.

The Cabinet approved several appointments, including Mutlaq bin Abdullah bin Mutlaq Al-Hinaki as legal expert, category A, at the Experts Commission; Faisal bin Hasan bin Ahmed Tirad as Minister Plenipotentiary, category A, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Sulaiman Alshiddi as legal expert, category A, at the Experts Commission.