Cabinet notes Saudi support for Arab unity, global energy cooperation

April 14, 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 meetings last week with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Sharm El-Sheikh and Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade.

The Cabinet highlighted the Kingdom’s support for Islamic institutions as well as Arab interests, security, stability and unity. It also noted that Saudi Arabia supports international cooperation to make clean energy sources available without undermining global food supplies, as well as safeguarding oil supplies from market speculation.

The Cabinet approved a number of items, including a draft Protocol of Preferential Tariff Scheme for a trade preferences system among Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) member states and a cooperation agreement on veterinary services with Egypt.

It also granted private sector patients with kidney failure paid leave to undergo dialysis, and approved upgrading the pre-marital examination into a healthy marriage program that includes screening for infectious diseases.