King Abdullah leads Cabinet session

August 2, 2010

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the Cabinet session held at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah today. He began by briefing the ministers on the multi-country tour he recently completed, including his visits to Canada, the United States, Morocco, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. Specifically, he discussed his participation in the G-20 summit in Toronto and the talks he held with U.S. President Barack Obama, Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, Lebanese President Michel Suleiman and Jordanian King Abdullah bin Al-Hussein. The Cabinet expressed appreciation for the King’s efforts to promote Arab solidarity, especially regarding the Palestinian cause.

The ministers also reviewed the proceedings of the Muslim World League (MWL) Conference held in Makkah under the theme “MWL: Reality and Future Prospects.” The meeting, which marked the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the MWL, focused on the development of a comprehensive Islamic approach to reform in the Muslim world. King Abdullah reiterated Saudi Arabia’s support for the MWL and its programs.

Addressing its agenda items, the Cabinet authorized the Secretary General of the Saudi Commission for Wildlife to sign a draft executive program for Arab tiger conservation between the Saudi Commission for Wildlife and the UAE Environment and Protected Areas Authority; approved a memorandum of cooperation between the King Abdulaziz Foundation for Research and Archives and the Center of the Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies of Kuwait; decided that the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs shall be the authority concerned with classifying engineering consulting companies and offices; amended articles of the Social Insurance Law; and approved the rules of origin of the trade preferences system among Member States of the Organization of Islamic Conference.