Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting in Arar today before departing for Al-Jouf.
King Abdullah opened the meeting by remarking that the large number of development projects being launched in the northern Saudi provinces highlight efforts to achieve balanced growth throughout the country. His tour of the provinces serves as a reminder to every official to maintain continuous contact with citizens all over country, the King added. The Cabinet expressed appreciation to the King for his tour, which exemplifies the close contact between the leadership and the citizens.
The King lauded the reconciliation agreement signed by Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir and Chadian President Idriss Deby in Riyadh last week, and expressed the hope that the agreement would help achieve peace and stability.
Turning to other issues, the Cabinet reiterated Saudi support for efforts to bring security and stability to Iraq and safeguard the country from foreign intervention. It issued a reminder that the International Compact for Iraq agreed upon last week in Sharm El-Sheikh called on the international community to meet its responsibilities towards Iraq.
The Cabinet welcomed the result of yesterday’s Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) – EU meeting in Riyadh and expressed the hope that a free trade agreement between the two organizations would be reached soon.
On energy matters, the Cabinet reiterated that Saudi Arabia’s oil policy seeks to achieve global market stability and a diversification of resources.
A number of decisions were issued, including: approval for the establishment of an independent body for housing that will be responsible for providing housing for citizens in need, assist homebuyers and encourage private sector support for the housing sector; and approval to provide benefits to cancer patients similar to those received by the disabled.