Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector-General Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz today chaired the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers. Commending the positive role played by the Consultative Council (Majlis Al-Shura) during its first three terms, he expressed appreciation of those members whose term of office has ended, and wished every success to new members in the Council's fourth term, that they faithfully and responsibly serve their religion, homeland and fellow citizens. The increase in membership to 150 from the original 60, he declared, has allowed the Shura Council to improve in quality as well as in quantity.
Turning to items on its agenda, the Cabinet passed a number of resolutions, including approval of a draft agreement on general cooperation in a variety of fields with the Republic of Albania; approval of a draft memorandum of scientific and educational understanding between the Ministry of Higher Education of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Ministry of Higher Education of the Arab Republic of Syria aimed at exchange of experience and experiments in the scientific, technological and administrative fields, especially in graduate certification assessment; and endorsement of a cooperation agreement with the Republic of Tunisia on marine transportation and seaports. The Cabinet also, at the request of the Experts Commission affiliated to the Council of Ministers, determined that the term “bonds” in the first paragraph of the Cabinet decision 131 of dated October 6, 1998 [15/6/1419], in connection with livestock purchase for sacrifice purposes, covers invoices, contracts and receipts as well as bonds issued by the Saudi Development Bank.