Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz today chaired the regular weekly session of the Council of Ministers, and addressed the issue of the re-formation of the Consultative Council (Majlis Al-Shura) for its fourth four-year term. He commended the Council's achievements, opinions and studies, saying they reflect an effective participation in appropriate decision-making in the best interests of the homeland and its citizens; and expressed his confidence that this participation will be even more effective and significant in its next term.
Crown Prince Abdullah then reiterated his appreciation of and gratitude to all military sectors and the security forces in particular for their efforts in defending the religion and the homeland against the deviant group that is trying to tamper with security and stability in the Kingdom.
The Cabinet was then briefed on the latest international developments, and denounced the recent explosion in Cairo which targeted Egypt’s security and resulted in a number of casualties. Warning of the danger of attempts by Israeli extremists to storm Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Cabinet called on the international community to put immediate pressure on Israel’s occupation authorities to prevent such attempts, which obstruct peace efforts and endanger security and stability in the region as well as in the Palestinian territories. The Cabinet again congratulated the new Iraqi leadership, expressing the wish for its success and for the achievement of prosperity, security and stability for the fraternal Iraqi people.
Referring to the First Islamic Solidarity Championship that is currently in progress in Saudi Arabia, the Cabinet reiterated the Kingdom's welcome to the delegates participating in the tournament, and wished them every success. The Cabinet praised the address given by Crown Prince Abdullah to the participants, in which he declared the hope that this historic meeting of young Muslims will strengthen feelings of fraternity, promote acquaintance, and enhance pride in their identity and belief in the need for tolerance and moderation.
Turning to the items on its agenda, the Cabinet passed a number of resolutions, including approval of a draft agreement to establish a duty-free trade zone between the Republic of Lebanon and the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC); approval of a draft memorandum of understanding for scientific and technological cooperation between the King Abdulaziz City for Sciences and Technology and the Russian Academy for Sciences in the Federal Republic of Russia; approval of an amendment to Article (74) of the Civil Status System regarding the regulation of family and personal identification cards; and endorsement of the bill on installment sales submitted by the Shura Council, which will go into effect 120 days after its publication in the official gazette, with the Minister of Commerce and Industry issuing executive regulations within 60 days of its publication.