Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the Cabinet session held in Jeddah today.
The council denounced the terrorist attacks that took place in Mumbai last week, which killed scores of innocent people. It expressed its condolences to the families of the victims, the Indian government and the people of India. The Cabinet reiterated the importance of international cooperation to combat terrorism.
King Abdullah briefed the Council on his consultations with French President Sarkozy in Jeddah on Saturday. The two leaders discussed the role that the Kingdom, France and the European Union can play in the creation of a Palestinian state. They also talked about the international economic crisis.
The Hajj Minister offered a detailed report on the arrival of pilgrims in the Kingdom and the generous services that are being provided to them. The Cabinet stressed the fact that the Kingdom treats all pilgrims equally and urged all agencies providing service to the pilgrims to standardize and monitor the quality of their operations and to adopt the latest technologies in the fields of service, management and operations.
The Cabinet approved a protocol establishing diplomatic relations with Paraguay and agreement, signed in Berlin on November 11, 2007, between the Kingdom and Germany on the avoidance of double taxation on the income and capital of air transport companies and on the compensation of workers of these establishments.
On the domestic front, the Cabinet authorized the Ministry of Labor to compel companies with more than 100 workers to pay their salaries through the Saudi Arabian Riyal Interbank Express (SARIE), a check drawn on the bank account of the company, an ATM or other agreed-upon means. The Cabinet also approved the licensing of the Gulf General Insurance Company (a joint stock company) and passed a number of measures to combat domestic violence.
The Cabinet approved the appointment of Ibrahim Al-Mujali as Director General of Administrative and Financial Affairs at the Ministry of Social Affairs.