King Abdullah chairs cabinet session

April 20, 2009

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz today chaired the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh, and briefed the cabinet on the discussions, consultations and meetings he had with world leaders, including the President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete of Tanzania and U.S. Special Envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell.

The Minister of Finance briefed the cabinet on last week’s the meetings of the Joint Arab Financial Institutions held in Amman, Jordan.

On domestic issues, the cabinet commended the statement made by King Abdullah as honorary president of the Council of Trustees of King Abdullah University for Sciences and Technology during the first meeting of the Council of Trustees and issued a number of decisions, including adoption the rules pertaining to philanthropic naming rights.

The cabinet also approved the decision of the Supreme Council of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) held in Doha December 2007. The cabinet decided:

to continued application of the current mechanisms of the Customs Union until the completion of the rest of its requirements;
allow citizens of the GCC to engage in social services;
lift the restrictions on GCC citizens to engage business activities and vocations as approved at the 8th session of the Supreme Council and ensure equal treatment of GCC citizens in member states.

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