King Abdullah chairs Cabinet meeting in Madinah

July 13, 2009

King Abdullah chairs weekly Council of Ministers meeting in MadinahThe Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz began the Cabinet meeting at Taibah Palace in Madinah today by stressing Saudi Arabia’s commitment to providing Muslim pilgrims with the best possible facilities. As the Hajj season approaches, he noted, the Kingdom is spending generously on construction projects at the holy sites in Makkah and Madinah.

The Cabinet listened to a report on the latest regional and international developments and praised the outcome of the ministerial meeting between the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states and Turkey. Conversely, the Cabinet condemned recent attacks in Somalia aimed at overthrowing the government and called upon the international community to support the Somali government in its efforts to achieve peace and national reconciliation.

After reviewing its weekly agenda, the Cabinet authorized Second Deputy Prime Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz to sign a draft agreement with India on the transfer of prisoners; approved new regulations to fight human trafficking and formed an interagency committee tasked with seeing to the welfare of victims of human trafficking; permitted the Human Resources Development Fund to invest in joint stock companies; and approved the amendments introduced by the conference of the International Telecommunications Union held in Antalya 2006.

The Cabinet approved the appointment of Abdulrahman Al-Abdulrazzaq as Undersecretary of the Ministry for Consumer Affairs at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (15th rank); Mohammad Ala’raij as Director General of Information at the Presidency of the National Guard (14th rank); Ahmad Al-Homaidi as Director of the Legal Department at the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs (14th rank); Hamad Al-Omar as Advisor for Land Affairs at the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs (14th rank); and Khalid Al-Khyal as Director General of Administrative and Financial Affairs at the Foreign Ministry (14th rank).

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