Cabinet welcomes King Abdullah’s address to the Shura Council

March 17, 2008

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh today.

King Abdullah opened the session by briefing the Cabinet on his recent contacts and consultations with world leaders and their envoys, in particular regarding the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories.

The Cabinet welcomed King Abdullah’s March 15 address to the Shura (Consultative) Council, and noted that the address serves as a working strategy for the Council in its deliberations.

The Cabinet was also briefed on Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz’s three-day state visit to Qatar last week as well as on the 11th Islamic Summit, which took place March 13-14 in Dakar, Senegal.

Several agreements were approved today, including a crime fighting agreement with Poland; an accord on security cooperation with Brazil; and the negotiation of a draft agreement on health cooperation with Ireland.

On domestic issues, the Cabinet approved a national plan for promoting the fodder industry and reviewed the progress of Ministry of Water and Electricity projects. It also approved a Board of Directors for the National Water Company, to be chaired by Minister of Water and Electricity Abdullah Al-Hussein.

A number of government appointments were also approved.