Cabinet session held in Riyadh

April 5, 2010

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the Cabinet session in Riyadh today. He began with a briefing on his most recent contacts with foreign leaders, including a meeting with U.S. Congressman Keith Ellison (D-Minnesota); a telephone call he received from Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifah; and two telephone calls he placed to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, during which he condemned the recent terrorist attack against the Moscow metro system.

The Cabinet praised the outcome of the 12th Conference of the International Energy Forum, held last week in Cancun, Mexico. The meeting came about as part of an initiative by King Abdullah to encourage dialogue between energy consuming and producing countries in order to ensure reliable, affordable energy supplies. The Kingdom was appointed chair of the Supreme Supervisory Group, which will submit recommendations to the conference participants.

Continuing down its agenda, the Cabinet approved the General Goals of the 9th Development Plan (2010-20140); approved the final account statements of the King Fahd National Library for fiscal year 1428/1429H; authorized the Minister of Finance to sign two draft agreements with Vietnam for the avoidance of double taxation and prevention of income tax evasion and for cooperation in the oil, gas and mineral sectors; reinstituted the National Committee for the Saudi Building Code, formed by the Council of Ministers Decision No. 174 and dated 15 Jumada 2, 1422H (3 September 2003); and approved a number of measures involving citizens traveling abroad for medical treatment, including informing them that the Kingdom's foreign missions will not pay for their treatment or issue guarantees for their treatment unless directed to do so by the concerned authorities in Saudi Arabia in accordance with the instructions governing this issue.