King Abdullah chairs Cabinet session

March 1, 2010

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz began the Cabinet session in Riyadh today with a briefing on his latest meetings with visiting foreign dignitaries, including Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemeni Prime Minister Ali Mujawar and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz delivered a report on the 19th session of the Saudi-Yemeni Coordination Council, held in Riyadh last week, while Second Deputy Prime Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz briefed the Cabinet on the 2nd session of the Saudi-Qatari Coordination Council.

After reviewing international developments, the Cabinet condemned Israeli police and border guards for storming Al-Aqsa Mosque on Sunday and clashing with worshipers. The ministers also criticized Israel’s decision to add Al-Ibrahimi Mosque in Al-Khalil and Bilal Bin Rabah Mosque in Bethlehem to the list of Israeli archaeological sites. They urged the international community to compel Israel to abandon these practices and to end its policy of annexing Palestinian land by force.

The Cabinet authorized the Interior Minister to sign a draft cooperation agreement involving penal cases between Saudi Arabia and Turkey; approved the renewal of the “Protocol of Security Cooperation Among the Governments of Countries Neighboring Iraq and the Government of the Republic of Iraq on Fighting Terrorism, Infiltration and Organized Crime” for a period of three years; authorized the Minister of Higher Education to sign a draft memorandum of scientific and educational cooperation with the Council for Higher Education of Turkey; approved a number of decisions pertaining to checks rejected as a result of insufficient funds; and approved enforcing the decision of the Committee on Financial and Economic Cooperation, issued during its 80th meeting in Muscat on 30/05/2009, adding item 30067000 to and exempting sub-item 84864099 from the list of goods exempted from tariffs of the Gulf Cooperation Council states.

The Cabinet approved the appointment of Ahmad Al-Mark as Minister Plenipotentiary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Ahmad Al-Melhem as Minister Plenipotentiary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and Mohammed Al-Rajhi as Assistant Undersecretary for Survey and Lands (14th rank) at the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs.