Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh today.
The King opened the meeting by briefing the Cabinet on his recent contacts with international leaders and their envoys. He emphasized Saudi support for the rights of the peoples of the region to enjoy a stable, safe and dignified life. He also stressed the Kingdom’s support for global economic growth.
In a statement after the meeting, Minister of Culture and Information Iyad Madani said that the Cabinet welcomed King Abdullah’s address at the 50th anniversary celebrations for King Saud University. In his remarks, the King reiterated the government’s support for higher education and announced the establishment of new universities in Tabuk and Baha, bringing the total number of Saudi universities to 17. The Cabinet emphasized the importance of supporting programs for applied and theoretical sciences at the Kingdom’s universities. It also called on the private sector to invest in higher education institutions as well.
The Cabinet issued a number of decisions. The Minister of Agriculture or his deputy was authorized to negotiate an agreement with Yemen on cooperation concerning fisheries. An agreement on economic cooperation between Gulf Cooperation Council states and the Southern Common Market (Mercosur) was approved, as was a draft agreement on Saudi-Syrian judicial cooperation. The Minister of Higher Education or his deputy was authorized to negotiate a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Niger on scientific and educational cooperation. A MoU on maritime cooperation was approved. The Cabinet approved the annual report of the Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma’aden) for FY2004.
A number of appointments were also approved, including Dr. Talal bin Abdul-Ghani bin Mohammed Malki as Ambassador at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Faisal bin Ahmed bin Abdullah Al-Othman as Director General of Administrative and Financial Affairs for the Eastern Province governorate.