King Abdullah chairs Cabinet session

October 4, 2010

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the Cabinet session held at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah today. The Cabinet reviewed a number of domestic and international issues, including the stalled direct negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis, caused by Israel’s refusal to extend a settlement freeze in the occupied territories. In this regard, the Kingdom renewed its call for the international community to compel Israel to comply with the principals of international law and UN resolutions and to restore the rights of the Palestinian people.

The ministers then discussed the cultural, scientific, economic and social events that took place in the Kingdom last week, including the International Conference of the Prophet, the Saudi International Space and Aviation Technology Conference; the Second National Conference on e-Government; the Third National Conference for Quality; the Second Forum of Cooperative Societies; and the launching of the Okaz cultural market.

The Cabinet also noted the formal talks held between Second Deputy Prime Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz and Minister of Internal Affairs of Kazakhstan Serik Baymaganbetov during the latter’s visit to the Kingdom. The two sides concluded an agreement between the Kingdom and Kazakhstan in the field of combating terrorism, organized crime and drug-trafficking.

After reviewing its agenda items, the Cabinet approved of a memorandum of understanding on civil defense cooperation between the Saudi Interior Ministry and the Yemeni Interior Ministry; approved the Kingdom’s accession to the Mutual Agreement on the Safety of Consumed Fuel and Safety of Radioactive Waste; approved a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the field of Islamic Affairs and Endowments with Kuwait; authorized the Minister of Finance to discuss a draft memorandum of cooperation on exchanging tax expertise with Syria; and authorized the Minister of Finance to discuss a draft memorandum of understanding on reciprocal assistance concerning the sound application of customs acts and the deterrence, detection and combat of customs violations between the Saudi Customs Department and the South Korean Customs Administration.

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