King Abdullah chairs Cabinet session

January 25, 2010

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz began the Cabinet session in Riyadh today with a briefing on his recent talks with visiting Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan, during which he praised the depth of Saudi-Turkish relations. The King also discussed his contacts last week with other foreign officials, including former British Prime Minister and Middle East Peace Envoy Tony Blair and Finnish Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb.

The Cabinet noted the outcome of the meeting of the Supreme Council for Petroleum and Minerals, which was held yesterday under the chairmanship of King Abdullah, and the ongoing 4th Global Competitiveness Forum, organized by the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) in Riyadh under the patronage of the King.

The Cabinet authorized the Minister of Commerce and Industry to sign a draft memorandum of understanding on industrial cooperation with Qatar; authorized the Foreign Minister to sign a draft headquarters agreement and a draft protocol with the World Assembly of Muslim Youth; approved a number of measures pertaining to the development of an appropriate mechanism for delivering services to granted lands; authorized the Minister of Finance to sign a draft agreement and a draft protocol with Singapore on the avoidance of double taxation and income tax evasion; and amended paragraph 6 of Article 3 of the Portability of Benefit Rights between the Civil and Military Retirement Schemes and Social Insurance Scheme.