The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the weekly Cabinet session at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah today. King Abdullah briefed the Cabinet on the talks and consultations which he made last week with a number of world leaders and their envoys. The Cabinet then discussed regional developments and denounced the continuing acts of violence and massacres in Syria, which left hundreds of unarmed civilians killed or injured. The Cabinet cited the massacre in the village of Treimsa in the central province of Hama, where more than 150 people were killed last week, as an example of the brutality of the Syrian regime. The Cabinet described the massacres in Syria as terrorist and cruel acts that compel the world community to take decisive measures to protect the civilian Syrian population.
On domestic issues, Cabinet was briefed by authorities in Makkah and Madinah on Umrah (minor Hajj) preparations for the approaching holy month of Ramadan. King Abdullah instructed that every possible service be extended to Umrah and Ziarah (visit) performers.
The Cabinet approved the two memorandums of understanding pertaining with strategic dialogue between the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, and the GCC and Australia, signed in Abu-Dhabi on March 8, 2011. The Cabinet also approved a memorandum on scientific and educational cooperation between the Kingdom’s Ministry of Higher Education and the Ministry of Education and Skills of Ireland, signed in Dublin on June 14, 2011. The Cabinet approved an agreement between Saudi Arabia and the Ukraine on the issue of double taxation and tax evasion, signed in Kiev on September 2, 2011.
The Cabinet asked the Saudi Railway Organization (SRO) to assume the duties and operations of the Saudi Railway Authority until the task are transferred to investors.