Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah yesterday.
King Abdullah opened the meeting by briefing the Cabinet on his recent contacts and consultations with world leaders and their envoys.
The King expressed the hope that the holy month of Ramadan would provide the Islamic nation with the opportunity to effectively address global challenges, including a lack of understanding about Islam. The Cabinet in turn reiterated that Islam is the basis for the Kingdom’s internal and foreign affairs.
In related news, King Abdullah extended the Eid Al-Fitr vacation by three days, October 6-8, for government, civilian and military personnel. Working hours for those employees will resume on Saturday, October 11.
Several bilateral agreements were approved, including a defense cooperation agreement with Italy and an accord with Jordan demarcating the marine borders in the Gulf of Aqaba.
The Cabinet also approved measures providing equality for Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) citizens working in the public sector.