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 meetings and consultations with world leaders and their envoys. He especially noted this week’s visit to the Kingdom by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the importance of the Saudi-German relationship.
The Cabinet emphasized Germany’s influential status as both a large European country and the current holder of the European Union Council presidency. It noted that the EU has an important, independent role in Middle East issues, including Palestine, Iraq, Lebanon and development programs.
Regarding the Palestinian situation, the Cabinet welcomed the positive response to King Abdullah’s offer to host a meeting of the Palestinian leadership at the Grand Mosque in Makkah, away from external influences. The Cabinet expressed the hope that the meeting would reflect independent Palestinian decisions and that Palestinian leaders would assume their responsibilities towards the Palestinian people. The Cabinet also expressed the hope that all countries in the region would gain as a result of Palestinian unity.
A number of decisions were issued today. The Cabinet outlined procedures to address problems in the construction industry, including Saudization requirements, paperwork and contracts. The Minister of Finance was authorized to sign a draft agreement with Belarus on investment protection, and the Minister of Culture and Information was authorized to draft a Memorandum of Understanding on culture with Russia.
The Cabinet also approved appointments, including Ahmed bin Ali bin Ahmed Al-Zahrani as Director General of Administrative and Financial Affairs at the Ministry of Justice; Abdullah Bin Sultan Bin Mohammed Al-Dhuwaihi as Legal Consultant at the Ministry of Civil Service; Mohammed bin Nasser bin Mohammed Al-Khamees as Assistant Undersecretary for Studies at the Ministry of Civil Service; and Suleiman bin Abdullah bin Suleiman Al-Hudaib as Education Expert at the Ministry of Education.