Crown Prince chairs Cabinet session

July 5, 2010

Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz chaired the Cabinet session at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah today. At the outset, the Cabinet listened to a number of reports on developments in the Arab, Islamic and international arenas. The ministers praised the talks that took place last week between the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House, during the Saudi monarch’s visit to the United States. During the meeting, the two leaders stressed the depth of bilateral relations and discussed issues of concern to the Arab world. The Cabinet thanked President Obama for his appreciation of the role played by the Kingdom on the world stage, as well as his continuous efforts regarding the Mideast peace process. The Cabinet also commended King Abdullah’s establishment of an academic chair for studies and research in the field of dialogue among civilizations at the University of Toronto.

Addressing its weekly agenda, the Cabinet authorized the Interior Minister to sign a draft memorandum of understanding in the field of security with Austria; authorized the Foreign Minister to sign a protocol to open diplomatic missions between Saudi Arabia and Peru at the level of Non-Resident Ambassador; authorized the Minister of Finance to sign a draft protocol attached to an agreement concluded with France on the avoidance of double taxation on income, inheritance and capital; authorized the President of King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy to sign a draft cooperation agreement with France on the development of peaceful uses of nuclear energy; and authorized the Director General of the Institute of Public Administration to sign a draft memorandum of cooperation between the Saudi Institute of Public Administration and the French National School of Administration.