Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh today.
King Abdullah opened the meeting by briefing the Cabinet on his contacts and consultations with world leaders and their envoys. He welcomed the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin, which concluded today, and noted the strategic importance of Saudi-Russian relations and cooperation between the two nations.
In a statement, Minister of Culture and Information Iyad Madani said that the Cabinet welcomed the successful outcome of the Palestinian reconciliation meeting in Makkah. It expressed confidence that the agreement was reached by Palestinian leaders independently, and that there is an overwhelming Palestinian popular commitment to the agreement. The Cabinet also expressed the hope that the positive reactions to the agreement would provide a strong incentive to end the suffering of the Palestinian people, advance the peace process and compel Israel to accept international law.
The Cabinet also approved a number of recommendations related to the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Project for the Development of Public Education. The $2.4 billion, six-year project involves developing educational curricula, teacher training, and creating educational standards. It also approved a draft bill for the General Commission for Food and Drugs on food and drug testing, and reviewed the progress of various healthcare projects.
It authorized the Minister of Foreign Affairs or his deputy to negotiate a draft agreement for cooperation with Kenya, and the Minister of Health of his deputy to negotiate a draft Memorandum of Understanding with Spain. Meanwhile, it endorsed a MoU for social affairs cooperation with Yemen.
The Cabinet approved a number of appointments, including Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Ali Al-Thaqafi as Director General of Technical Affairs, 15th rank, at the Ministry of Interior; Dr. Khaled bin Abdulaziz bin Mousa Al-Tayyash as Architectural Consultant Engineer, 14th Rank, at the Presidency of the National Guard; Ali bin Fahd bin Mohammed Al-Jasser as Director General of Education in Riyadh Province, Girls Education, 14th Rank, at the Ministry of Education; and Saadoun bin Saad bin Saadoun Al Safi Al-Dousari as Director General of Administrative and Financial Affairs, 14th Rank, at the Ministry of Culture and Information.