King Abdullah chairs Cabinet session (4/25/11)

April 25, 2011

The weekly Cabinet meeting began in Riyadh today with a briefing by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz on his latest foreign contacts, including a meeting he held with Heir Apparent of Abu Dhabi Gen. Mohammad bin Zayed Al-Nahayyan and a telephone call he received from Omani Deputy Prime Minister for Cabinet Affairs Fahd bin Mahmoud Al-Said.

After listening to several reports on developments in a number of Arab countries, the Cabinet stressed the importance of handling events in such a way as to maintain security and stability in the region. The ministers reviewed the extraordinary meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Foreign Ministers held in Abu Dhabi last week that included delegations from the Yemeni government and opposition. They welcomed the cooperation of both sides, noting that all parties are interested in reaching an agreement that serves the security and stability of Yemen.

Regarding the occupied Palestinian territories, the Cabinet condemned the intransigence of Israeli authorities and the continuation of settlement activities. It called upon Israel to return to negotiations in a serious, sincere way, warning that its activities threaten to undermine the entire peace process.

Then, the Minister of Finance delivered a briefing on the Kingdom’s participation in the most recent meetings of the Group of Twenty (G-20), the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington. He noted that the continuing strong performance of the Saudi economy, supported by government investment through large infrastructure and social sector projects, has led the IMF to raise its forecast for economic growth in the Kingdom.

On the domestic front, the Cabinet discussed a number of conferences, meetings and scientific, cultural, medical, economic and technical seminars that took place in various regions of the Kingdom in the past few days, including the 2nd International Conference and Exhibition on Higher Education, in which 372 universities from 50 countries participated.

Turning to its weekly agenda, the Cabinet authorized the Foreign Minister to discuss with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) the proposed amendments to its Headquarters Agreement; authorized the Minister of Justice to discuss with ministers of justice of GCC member states the inclusion of remarks annexed to the decision on the unified draft law on combating crimes of information technology; approved the final accounts of the King Fahd Causeway General Organization for fiscal year 1430/1431 H.; authorized the Minister of Water and Electricity to sign the Arab Strategy for Water Security, in accordance with the text attached to the decision; and authorized the Minister of Culture and Information to set the regulations controlling the sale and prices of radio and television programs, after settling these issues with the Minister of Finance.

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