2006 News Story

Cabinet: Talks with Kuwaiti emir, dengue fever, bilateral agreements

  King Abdullah chairs Cabinet meeting

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting today in Riyadh.

The Cabinet reviewed King Abdullah’s talks with Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah. The two leaders affirmed their desire to enhance bilateral relations as well as relations among GCC member states.

They also underscored the importance of enhancing bilateral cooperation in a manner that serves both mutual interests and the interests of GCC member states, and enhances global security and stability.

Minister of Culture and Information Iyad Madani said that King Abdullah also briefed the Cabinet on his talks and consultations with additional world leaders.

The Cabinet then issued a number of decisions. It approved the recommendations of a committee formed by King Abdullah to study ways to combat the threat of dengue fever in Jeddah Province, and instructed that the implementation of the recommendations be accelerated.

The Cabinet also approved a draft Memorandum of Understanding on political consultations with Uzbekistan, valid for five years and automatically renewable. Finally, the Minister of Finance or his deputy was authorized to negotiate and sign a draft agreement with Austria on the avoidance of double taxation on income and capital, and the prevention of tax evasion.