King Abdullah chairs Cabinet meeting

October 5, 2009

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz began the weekly Cabinet meeting in Jeddah today by thanking the many world leaders who attended the opening of the King Abdullah University for Sciences and Technology (KAUST) in Jeddah on September 23.

The Cabinet then expressed its sincere condolences to the governments and families of the victims of the flashes floods and natural disasters that have recently struck parts of Asia and Europe, including Indonesia and Italy.

King Abdullah reviewed the outcome of several international gatherings in which Saudi Arabia has recently participated, including the King Abdullah Initiative for Interfaith Dialogue Conference held in Geneva, the G-20 meeting in Pittsburgh, and the 46th U.N. General Assembly session in New York.

The Cabinet also discussed the preparations and precautions taken in regards to the H1N1 virus (swine flu) by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health in advance of the school year, which begin next Saturday.

After reviewing its agenda, the Cabinet approved a defense cooperation agreement with South Africa; authorized the Interior Minister to sign a draft agreement on prisoners with Egypt; agreed to license a National Company for Insurance; authorized the Minister of Culture and Information to discuss a draft Saudi-Egyptian media cooperation agreement; approved a Saudi-Qatari memorandum of understanding for cultural and informational cooperation; and gave the Board of Directors of the Commission of Electricity Organization and Dual Production the right to review the residential non-electricity tariff.

The Cabinet then appointed Dr. Saud Al-Smari to the position of Undersecretary of the Ministry for Planning and Development at the Ministry of Interior (15th rank); Ibrahim Al-Ahmadi to the position of Assistant Undersecretary of the Madinah Governorate (14th rank); and Talal A’ttar, Mohammad Al’ali, Ali Al-Hamdan, and Emad Madani all to the position of Minister Plenipotentiary at the Foreign Ministry.