2005 News Story

Cabinet: Pakistan, Iraq, oil

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the weekly Cabinet session yesterday in Makkah. The King said that Saudi Arabia will continue to undertake projects to improve services for visitors of the Two Holy Mosques. He also briefed the Cabinet on his consultations with world leaders.

The Cabinet was briefed on the progress of the telethon to raise money for the victims of the October 8 earthquake in Pakistan, and praised the positive popular response. The Cabinet also reviewed and commended the progress of relief efforts in Pakistan, including the ongoing airlift to provide supplies to the needy.

On the situation in Iraq, the Cabinet expressed the hope that the visit by Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa would achieve its goals of enhancing Iraq’s unity as well as its Arab and Muslim identity through reconciliation.

Turning to domestic matters, the Cabinet dissolved the General Organization of Petroleum and Minerals (Petromin) and transferred its lands to the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Aramco).

The Cabinet also approved the documentation of the Kingdom’s accession to the World Trade Organization, and deputized the Minister of Commerce and Industry to sign them. The Cabinet approved measures on government assistance for Saudis affected by natural disasters, including stipulating specific amounts of aid received by families of disaster victims. The Cabinet also approved several government appointments.