King Abdullah presides over Cabinet session

March 9, 2009

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz began the weekly Cabinet session in Riyadh today with a report on his latest communications with foreign heads of state, including Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.


The Cabinet emphasized the Kingdom’s commitment towards the enhancement of the stability, peace and national unity of Lebanon and commended the 131st Session of the Arab League Council of Foreign Ministers’ call for Arab unity. The Cabinet expressed concern over the International Criminal Court’s decision to put out an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir and warned that the decision will only make the situation in Darfur worse.

The Cabinet commended the Ministry of Interior for uncovering a major drug trafficking network.

The Cabinet approved a memorandum of understanding between the Saudi and Spanish Ministries of Defense, signed in Madrid on 5/6/1008; authorized the Minister of Higher Education to hold discussions with Kazakhstan on a memorandum of understanding on scientific and educational cooperation; directed the Minister of Finance to sign a draft agreement with Kazakhstan on avoiding tax duplication and preventing tax evasion; and approved measures prohibiting the sales of maps of housing, commercial, office, service or industrial units.

The Cabinet approved the appointment of Mohammed Al-Abdullah as Security Advisor at Grade 15 at the Ministry of Interior; Saud Al-Abdulaziz as Undersecretary of the General Presidency of Youth Welfare for Sports Affairs at Grade 15 at the General Presidency of Youth Welfare; and Mohamed Al-Sehebani as Security Advisor at Grade 14 at the Ministry of Interior.