Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah today.
King Abdullah opened the meeting by briefing the Cabinet on his recent contacts and consultations with world leaders and their envoys. He highlighted the efforts Saudi Arabia has exerted on behalf of pilgrims to the holy sites, including expanding the running area (masa’a) at the Grand Mosque, expanding the Jamarat Bridge and the general development of Makkah, Madinah and the other holy places.
In turn, the Cabinet also stressed that serving the Muslim nation and enhancing its security, stability, development and unity have been priorities in the Kingdom’s foreign policy.
The Cabinet also called for joint Arab action in order to confront local, regional and international challenges. Regional alliances should be used to unite Arab ranks, not divide them, it said
A number of items were approved at today’s meeting. The Cabinet decided to allow GCC citizens to practice insurance, transport and real estate services, and endorsed a GCC committee resolution to exempt surgical equipment from customs tariffs.
The Cabinet also approved the organization of the newly-established Saudi Non-oil Exports Development Commission, which replaces the Ministry of Commerce and Industry’s International Exhibitions, Markets and Exports Development Administration.
Finally, the Cabinet reviewed the progress of higher education projects, approved a draft Memorandum of Understanding on political consultation with Slovenia, and approved a number of government appointments.