Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting at Al-Safaa Palace in Makkah yesterday evening.
King Abdullah opened the meeting by briefing the Cabinet on his contacts and consultations with world leaders and their envoys. He then directed all concerned parties to redouble their efforts to provide services and facilities to Umrah pilgrims and visitors to the Kingdom.
The Cabinet approved an amendment to Article 3 of Royal Decree No. M/42, which dealt with visitors coming to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj and Umrah, among others. The amendment concerned setting penalties of imprisonment of no more than two years and/or a fine not to exceed SR 100,000 [$26,795] for those who violate Article 3. The Cabinet also approved amendments to the military retirement system and a restructuring for the Board of Directors of the General Authority of Survey.
In related news, a royal order was issued yesterday extending the tenure of Prince Abdulaziz bin Fahd as Head of the Court and President of the Cabinet for four years at the rank of Minister, effective October 10, 2007. A second royal order extended the term of Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Shaqawi as Director-General of the Institute of General Administration for four years at the Excellent rank, also effective October 10.