2007 News Story

Cabinet briefed on King Abdullah’s recent visits

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting in Jeddah today.

The King opened the meeting by briefing the Cabinet on his recent official visits to Morocco, Spain, France, Poland, Egypt and Jordan.

He expressed confidence that the leaders of Spain, France and Poland would contribute to helping the Palestinian people achieve their lawful national rights, establishing security and unity in Iraq, supporting an independent political dialogue in Lebanon, and working towards rapprochement among cultures.

Turning to his meetings with Arab leaders, King Abdullah emphasized the importance of Arab unity and cooperation.

He also briefed the Cabinet on his recent talks with Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora, which focused on the current situation in Lebanon, the interference that hinders the country’s legitimate institutions and the danger faced by Lebanese political and media leaders.

For its part, the Cabinet stressed Saudi Arabia’s concern for Lebanon’s legitimacy, independence, stability and security.

The Cabinet issued a number of decisions, including establishing the Undersecretariat for Consumer Affairs at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, a new unit that will deal with consumer protection. To that end, the Cabinet called on various ministries and governmental organizations to play a larger role in protecting consumers and to do so by setting standards for goods and enforcing them. It also approved the establishment of a Consumer Protection Association that will safeguard the interests of consumers, protect their rights and serve as consumer advocates before the concerned authorities.

Also approved were a draft agreement for cooperation with Slovenia; a draft agreement with Vietnam for economic, commercial, investment and technical cooperation; the negotiation of a draft Memorandum of Understanding on higher education with Morocco; and the division of the academic calendar into two semesters, with each one lasting no less than 15 weeks.

Appointments included Abdulaziz Al-Ghamdi as Director-General of the Saudi Press Agency; Ahmed Al-Saad as Consultant at the Ministry of Interior for fighting crime; Amjad Bidaiwi as Minister Plenipotentiary “A” at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and Abdulaziz Al-Isa as Geological Expert at the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources.