Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh today in the absence of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, who is currently on a 13-day official tour of Britain, Italy, Germany and Turkey.
Crown Prince Sultan opened the meeting by briefing the Cabinet on his contacts and consultations with world leaders and their envoys. He also lauded King Abdullah’s tour that is expected to boost relations with friendly countries.
The Cabinet then reviewed reports on the latest developments in the Middle East region. It urged the implementation of articles agreed upon at the recent expanded meeting of Iraq’s neighboring countries that involve alleviating the humanitarian suffering in Iraq. The Cabinet also reaffirmed Saudi Arabia’s support for Iraq’s unity, stability, independence and noninterference in its internal affairs.
Turning to domestic matters, Crown Prince Sultan expressed satisfaction with the strength of the Saudi economy as outlined in the 43rd annual Saudi Arabian Monetary Association (SAMA) report.
The Cabinet approved a Shura (Consultative) Council decision that imposes an SR 1,000 [$267.6] fee for one-year, multiple entry visas for foreign applicants. Reciprocal treatment by countries who impose lower fees on Saudi businessmen or exempt them altogether will be taken into consideration.
The Cabinet also approved a new traffic system and authorized authorities currently handling traffic disputes to continue doing so until new specialized traffic courts could assume responsibility for them, as stipulated by the Kingdom’s recent judicial reforms.
Other items approved today included a draft Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on tourism cooperation with South Africa and an agreement on communications cooperation with Korea.