Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the weekly Cabinet session in Jeddah today. The King began the session by welcoming Islamic leaders to the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) summit, which begins in Makkah on Wednesday. He said he hoped that the summit would unite the Islamic nation, restore its self-confidence, and elicit a positive response from Muslims.
In a statement following the session, Minister of Culture and Information Iyad Madani said that the Cabinet was then briefed on preparations for the leaders and delegations arriving for the summit.
The King then briefed the Cabinet on his recent talks with world leaders, including Prime Ministers Lee Hae Chan of South Korea and Ibrahim Al-Jaafari of Iraq. King Abdullah said that Saudi Arabia hopes that security, stability, unity, territorial integrity and sovereignty will prevail in Iraq.
The Cabinet praised the Saudi security forces for confronting terrorists, saying that the security forces have demonstrated their ability to uncover terrorists and their networks and arrest them without loss of life before they were able to perpetrate a terrorist act.
The Cabinet also reorganized the Board of Directors of the Saudi Arabian Airlines. The Minister of Defense and Aviation will be the chairman, and members will include the Assistant Minister of Defense and Aviation for Civil Affairs; the Director-General of Saudi Arabian Airlines; the Chief of Civil Aviation; a representative of a relevant government agency to be appointed by the Chairman for a three-year term, renewable once; and five representatives from the private sector. The Cabinet also named those five private sector representatives as: Abdulrahman Al-Jereisy, Dr Abdulrahman Almishaigeh, Eng. Osamah Makki Kurdi, Yousef Al-Maimani and Abdullah Abu-Milha.
Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Political Affairs Prince Dr. Torki bin Muhammad bin Saud Alkabeer was named chairman of the national commission for implementing an agreement banning chemical weapons. The commission will include representatives of the Ministries of Defense and Aviation, Interior, Foreign Affairs, General Intelligence, Higher Education, Commerce and Industry, Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Finance, Agriculture, Health, the General Corporation for Meteorology and Protection of Environment, as well as the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology.
Turning to agreements, the Cabinet authorized the General President of Youth Welfare or his deputy to sign a memorandum of understanding with the German soccer federation and Olympic committee. It also authorized the Minister of Finance or his deputy to sign an agreement with Pakistan to avert dual taxation and prevent income tax evasion.
The Cabinet also required that all health professionals must receive permission from the Ministry of Health before practicing in the Kingdom.
The Cabinet also approved a series of government appointments, including Majed bin Saad Al-Otaibi to the Court of First Instance for settling labor disputes in Makkah Province.