King Abdullah congratulates new ministers at Cabinet session

February 16, 2009

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz opened the weekly Cabinet session in Riyadh today by wishing success to the new ministers appointed to the Council over the weekend. He stressed the enormous responsibilities lying ahead of them, noting that much is expected of them from the Saudi people.


On the topic of foreign relations, King Abdullah reviewed last week’s visit to the Kingdom by Chinese President Hu Jintao, saying that both countries wish to further enhance bilateral cooperation.

The King also briefed the Cabinet on his latest consultations with regional leaders, including the presidents of Egypt, Syria and Qatar. He reiterated the importance of working towards both Palestinian and Arab unity.

The Cabinet authorized the Minister of Culture and Information to hold discussions on a draft memorandum of cultural cooperation between the Saudi Ministry of Culture and Information and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations; amended Shura Council decision No. (69/50), dated 04/11/1429H., regarding air services between the Kingdom and India; approved the new management organization of the Hajj Ministry; approved the accession of Saudi Arabia to the U.N. General Assembly agreement on the Privileges and Immunities of the Specialized Agencies; and approved the final account of the General Organization of Ports for fiscal year 1426/1427H.