King Abdullah chairs Cabinet session (10/15/12)

October 15, 2012

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the Cabinet session at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah this afternoon. On behalf of the Saudi government and people, the King welcomed the pilgrims from around the world who have traveled to Saudi Arabia to perform the Hajj pilgrimage. The Cabinet listened to a report on the latest Hajj preparations, while the King ordered all relevant bodies to exert their utmost efforts to enable pilgrims to perform their rituals easily and comfortably.

Then, the Cabinet discussed the latest developments in the regional and international arenas. King Abdullah briefed the ministers on his meeting with United Nations-Arab League Joint Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Al-Ibrahimi, during which they discussed ways of ending the violence, bloodshed, and human rights abuses being perpetrated against innocent Syrians. The Cabinet lauded the decisions issued by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Ministers of Municipal and Rural Affairs, the GCC Ministers of Petroleum, the GCC Ministers of Culture and Information, and the GCC Ministers Water and Electricity, all of whom held meetings in Riyadh last week.

The Cabinet praised other events that took place over the past few days as well, including the ceremony in Berlin presenting the International Award of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz for Translation and the Executive Judiciary Forum organized by the Ministry of Justice.

Addressing its remaining agenda items, the Cabinet authorized the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the King Abdulaziz Foundation for Research and Archives to discuss a draft memorandum of cooperation with the Algerian National Archive; approved an agreement with Mauritania on cooperation in the field of combating crime; approved a cooperation agreement with Malta in the field of combating terrorism, organized crime, illicit trading and drug smuggling; approved a cooperation framework agreement in the fields of agriculture, livestock and fisheries with Ethiopia; and approved the addition of representatives of the Department of Zakat and Income Tax, the Ministry of Finance, and the Capital Market Authority to the Board of Directors of the Saudi Organization for Certified Accountants.