Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah today.
The King opened the meeting by briefing the Cabinet on his recent meetings and consultations with world leaders and their envoys. He welcomed the visits by Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Sabah.
The Cabinet reaffirmed that Saudi Arabia seeks to unify the Arab people, boost Islamic institutions and confront efforts to impose intellectual, political, economic or military hegemony on the region or change the structure of regional societies.
A number of decisions were made. The Cabinet affirmed its decision to annex the General Statistics and Information Authority to the Ministry of Economy and Planning, and approved the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism.
It authorized the Minister of Finance to sign a draft agreement with Uzbekistan on the avoidance of dual taxation and the prevention of tax evasion. It also approved a transportation agreement with Turkey for the transport of passengers and goods via land routes between the two countries.