2006 News Story

Cabinet: King Abdullah’s tour, domestic governmental matters

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz today chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting in Madinah, a stop on his current tour of the Kingdom to launch various projects. Prior to Madinah, the King visited the Eastern Province and Qassim Province.

In a statement after the meeting, Minister of Culture and Information Iyad Madani said that the Cabinet expressed appreciation for the King’s strategic vision, which he outlined in a number of speeches on his tour and which form a framework for both the government and society.

Elements of this strategic vision include: reaffirming Saudi Arabia’s identity as a Muslim country that adheres to Shari’ah law, its pride in the service of the Two Holy Mosques, and its efforts to seek prosperity for all; the government’s commitment to treat all citizens in all parts of the Kingdom equally; the strength of the Saudi economy; the call for all social institutions and citizens to participate in social, economic and cultural development; and that Saudi Arabia depends on Allah during both good and bad times.

The Cabinet issued a number of decisions. It amended Paragraph B of Article 107 of the Officers’ Service System and Paragraph B of Article 23 of the Personnel Service System. The Minister of Foreign Affairs or his deputy was authorized to negotiate and sign a draft agreement on the privileges and immunities of the Arab Education Bureau for Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states.

The Cabinet approved amendments to two articles of the charter for the General Investment Authority, including appointing two members from the private sector to the Authority’s board of directors.