King Abdullah chairs Cabinet session

February 9, 2009

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the Cabinet session in Riyadh today, during which he briefed the ministers on his consultations with Turkish President Abdullah Gul, who visited the Kingdom last week.


King Abdullah praised the broad cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Turkey and expressed a desire to enhance bilateral relations. The Cabinet hailed the two countries’ commitment to bringing lasting peace and stability to the region, in such a way that serves the interests of their peoples and prevents the spread of extremism.

The Cabinet emphasized the Kingdom’s persistent pursuit of deviant groups that attempt to stage attacks on Saudi soil, hailing the achievements of the security forces that have confronted acts of terrorism and misguided thinking with systematic planning and action. The Cabinet urged all countries of the region to shoulder their responsibilities in pursuing members of deviant groups.

Regarding developments in the region, the Cabinet called upon all parties in Somalia to cooperate with the new Somali President Sheikh Sharif Sheik Ahmed, to work towards national reconciliation, to repudiate acts of violence against civilians and to end the tragic situation in Somalia.

On the domestic front, the Cabinet welcomed King Abdullah’s patronage of a number of strategic projects at King Saud University, costing a total of more than SR 14 billion [$3.74 billion], affirming that his patronage enables the progress of education, science, technology, knowledge and creativity in the Kingdom.

The Cabinet authorized the Minister of Finance to sign a draft Rules of Origin for Trade Preference System among Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) states; approved a restructuring of the Committee of Real Estate Shares; authorized the President of the King Abdulaziz City for Sciences and Technology to sign a draft scientific and technical cooperation agreement between Saudi Arabia and India; and authorized the signing of four draft memoranda with China regarding cooperation in the oil, gas and mineral sectors, the quarantine of Chinese visitors, technical cooperation in the field of standardization activities, and the establishment of a branch of the King Abdulaziz Public Library at the University of Beijing.

The Cabinet approved the appointments of Saleh Al-Shehri as Assistant General President of Meteorology at the General Presidency of Meteorology and Environmental Protection; Fahd Al-Jubeir as Mayor of the Ahsa Governorate at the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs; Mohammed Al-Khudayr as Director General of Municipal Councils at the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs; and Jamal Al-Khulaif as Director General of Administrative and Financial Affairs at the Ministry of Agriculture.

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