King Abdullah chairs Cabinet session

May 16, 2011

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz began the Cabinet session at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh today with a briefing on his most recent consultations with foreign officials, including telephone calls with U.S. President Barack Obama and Jordanian King Abdullah II, messages received from Moroccan King Mohammed VI and Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, and meetings with Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Secretary General Abdullatif Al-Zayani.

Furthermore, King Abdullah recounted the talks he held with the leaders and heads of delegations of GCC member states, who attended the 13th GCC Consultative Meeting in Riyadh last week. The King expressed his appreciation for the efforts of the GCC leaders to enhance multilateral cooperation and their commitment to joining ranks against any threat to the security and stability of any GCC member state.

After listening to a number of reports on the latest developments in the Islamic and Arab world, the Cabinet reiterated the Kingdom’s firm stance against all forms of terrorism and called upon the international community to work together to fight this global scourge. In this regard, the Cabinet strongly condemned the killing of a staff member of the Saudi Consulate General in Karachi on Monday morning, as well as the terrorist attack against the Consulate last Wednesday. The Cabinet demanded the tightening of security around both the Karachi Consulate and the Saudi Embassy in Islamabad and expressed full confidence in the ability of the Pakistani authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice.

On the domestic front, the Cabinet lauded the efforts of King Abdullah to develop higher education, as reflected in the opening of the City of Princess Nora bint Abdulrahman University.

Turning to its weekly agenda, the Cabinet approved an agreement on the avoidance of double taxation and income tax evasion with Japan and approved the restructuring of the Health Services Council. It also approved the appointments of Maj. Gen. Abdullah Al-Marzouqi and Dr. Ghazi bin Mahfouz Filimban to the Board of Directors of the Public Pension Agency for a term of three years, as of 21/09/1432 H.