King Abdullah chairs Cabinet session

May 3, 2010

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the Cabinet session at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh today. At the outset, he reviewed his latest foreign contacts, including meetings held with Qatari Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr Al-Thani and former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney; a telephone call with Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir; and messages received from Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz and Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama.

The Cabinet discussed regional and international developments, reiterating its desire for a resumption of the Arab-Israeli peace process in line with international resolutions. The ministers expressed satisfaction over the outcome of the U.S.-Saudi Business Opportunities Forum in Chicago last weekend, which aimed at increasing bilateral economic cooperation. Finally, the Cabinet praised the convening of the First Regional Seminar on Anti-Narcotics and Information Exchange inside the Kingdom.

Turning to its agenda items, the Cabinet approved a number of procedures regarding the organization of periodic inspections of vehicles; authorized the Foreign Minister to sign a draft general agreement on cooperation with Eritrea; authorized the Minister of Higher Education to sign a draft memorandum of understanding in the field of science and education with the Education Department of Hong Kong; authorized the Minister of Finance to sign a draft agreement and protocol with Malta on the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of income tax evasion; and authorized the Minister of Health to sign two draft memoranda of understanding for cooperation in the health field with the Ministries of Health of Canada and Sweden.

The Cabinet approved the appointments of Turki Al-Ali, Abdulnasser Al-Harthy, Abdulrahman Al-Ahmad and Jamal Balkheyour as Ministers Plenipotentiary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Dr. Ali Al-Bishri as Director General of Cultural Attaché Affairs at the Ministry of Higher Education (14th rank).