King Abdullah chairs Cabinet meeting

April 6, 2009

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz began the Cabinet’s session in Riyadh today by offering prayers for Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz, who is recovering in New York after undergoing successful surgery.

The King then briefed the Cabinet on the consultations he held with other world leaders during the 21st Arab Summit in Doha last week. In addition, he described his meetings with U.S. President Barack Obama and other heads of state last week in London, where he attended the G-20 economic summit.

The Cabinet welcomed the resolutions of the G-20 summit, especially the emphasis on the need for cooperation to restore the global economy and reform financial monitoring systems. The ministers also welcomed the G-20’s creation of a Council for World Financial Stability, of which the Kingdom is a member.

Reviewing the 17th Arab economic forum held in Beirut last Thursday, the Cabinet agreed on the need for greater Arab economic cooperation to alleviate the effects of the global financial crisis. Increasing free trade was viewed as particularly important.

The Cabinet welcomed the inauguration of the International Conference on Nanotechnology Industries in Riyadh yesterday; authorized the Minister of Interior to discuss draft cooperation agreements with Portugal and Sweden in the field of crime-fighting; and spelled out their policy regarding government officials’ travel allowances during the Hajj.

The Cabinet approved the appointments of Suleiman Alo’rf as Assistant Undersecretary for Revenue Affairs at the Ministry of Finance; Nasir Alwatban as Geological Expert at the Ministry of Water and Electricity; and Abdullah Almiqhim as Director General of the Legal Department at the Customs Authority. All the appointments were made at the 14th rank.

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