Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah today in the absence of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, who is currently out of the country on a 13-day tour of Britain, Italy, Germany and Turkey.
The Cabinet highlighted the importance of King Abdullah’s tour, and said that the visits would enhance relations and cooperation between Saudi Arabia and the four abovementioned countries. It also commended Crown Prince Sultan’s recent official visit to Kuwait.
In turn, Crown Prince Sultan briefed the Cabinet on the Saudi leadership’s recent contacts and consultations with world leaders and their envoys, which devoted particular attention to the situations in the Middle East.
On domestic issues, the Cabinet praised King Abdullah’s support for education in the Kingdom, and expressed the hope that the King Abdullah University for Science and Technology would be a symbol of science, progress and prosperity.
The Cabinet also approved a number of items related to King Abdullah’s tour, including: the Declaration Plan of Action for Millennium Development Goals, which will be signed during the King’s visit to Britain; a draft Memorandum of Understanding between the Supreme Commission for Tourism and the British Museum; two Memoranda of Understanding on education with Italy; and agreements on the avoidance of dual taxation with Britain and Turkey.
Regulations on the transfer of money, precious metals and valuable documents were also approved.