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 recent contacts and consultations with world leaders and their envoy. He noted his meeting last Wednesday with Bahraini Prime Minister Sheikh Khalifah Al-Khalifah.
The Cabinet condemned the recent assassination attempt on Afghan President Hamid Karzai, noting that such terrorist acts contradict Islam.
It also welcomed King Abdullah’s call for dialogue in an address to participants of the Seventh National Dialogue Forum in Buraydah last week.
Turning to economic issues, the Cabinet reviewed reports on the prices of supplies and building materials, and approved short and long-term steps to meet citizen’s needs and protect the market from price fluctuations.
The Cabinet approved a number of items related to Saudi cultural attaché offices abroad. It maintained the current organizational structure for offices in the United States, the UK, Canada, Germany, France, Australia, Pakistan, Egypt, Kuwait, the UAE, Jordan and Bahrain.
New cultural attaché offices will be opened in China, Malaysia, India, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and New Zealand. Offices will be reopened in Syria, Morocco, Qatar, Oman, Turkey, Austria, Yemen, Sudan, Tunisia, Lebanon, Italy and Algeria.
The Cabinet appointed seven members of the Board of Directors of the General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI) and four members to the Board of Directors of the National Housing Commission. It also approved an anti-fraud system of trade.