Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques chairs Cabinet session

March 23, 2009

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz began the weekly Cabinet meeting in Riyadh today by reporting on his latest consultations with foreign leaders. Over the past week, King Abdullah has been in contact with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad Al Thani, Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir and U.A.E. President Sheikh Khalifah Al Nahayyan.

 

The Cabinet reviewed last Wednesday’s Fourth OPEC Forum in Vienna, emphasizing that the Kingdom is committed to a long-term investment policy that will boost world energy supplies, despite the current global economic situation. The ministers noted that the Kingdom will continue developing environmentally-friendly oil extraction methods and cleaner-burning fuels.

The Cabinet praised both the Palestinian reconciliation dialogue held last Thursday in Cairo and the discussion on inter-Arab security cooperation held at the 26th meeting of Arab Interior Ministers Sunday in Beirut.

The Cabinet approved the amendment of paragraph (1) of article (3) of the air travel agreement between the Kingdom and Nigeria; established diplomatic relations with Namibia; approved an agreement with Sweden on the mutual encouragement and protection of investments; authorized the establishment of the Hasanah joint stock company; approved the Arab Charter on Human Rights approved by the Council of the Arab League in Tunisia in 2004; and authorized the Minister of Higher Education to sign a draft memorandum on scientific and educational cooperation with Spain’s Ministry of Science and Invention.

The Cabinet approved the appointment of Fahd Albakr as an advisor (rank 15) at the Ministry of Defense and Aviation and General Inspection; Prince Saud bin Fahd bin Abdullah Alfarhan Al-Saud as Assistant Undersecretary for the Legal Claims (rank 14) at the Governorate of Riyadh province; Ziad Aldrees as Assistant Undersecretary for Students Affairs, Boy’s Education (rank 14) at the Ministry of Education; and Ali Alnassar as Assistant Undersecretary for Educational Guidance and Supervision, Girl’ Education (rank 14) at the Ministry of Education.