On behalf of Prince Bandar Bin Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz, Saudi Ambassador to the United
States, Ambassador Ahmed Abdulaziz Kattan yesterday received the guests at the reception
held at the Embassy in Washington DC on the occasion of the Kingdom's National Day. The
guests included a number of Arab, Islamic and other ambassadors accredited to the United
States, and senior officials of the U.S. administration.
Reviewing the recently-formulated regulations concerning services during umrah (the minor
pilgrimage) and visitors to the Prophet's Mosque in Madinah, the cabinet emphasized that
the aim of these regulations is to facilitate procedures and ensure comfort and ease for
the pilgrims, and urged the authorities concerned to put them into effect as soon as
Turning to international events, Crown Prince Abdullah congratulated President Hosni
Mubarak of the Arab Republic of Egypt on the renewal of his term of office, and referred to
the results of the referendum held yesterday as a reflection of the confidence of the
Egyptian people. Crown Prince Abdullah also congratulated President Ali Abdullah Saleh on
his victory in Yemen's first direct presidential elections, and wished the government and
people of Yemen every prosperity.
The cabinet then authorized the Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority to sign an air
services agreement between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Cyprus prior to
the final endorsement; and delegated the Minister of Foreign Affairs or his representative
to sign a memorandum of understanding between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United
States of America to regulate visitors visas between the two countries. The cabinet also
decided that the Kingdom should become a member of the International Center for
Rehabilitation and Maintenance of Cultural Heritage, an affiliate of UNESCO.