King Abdullah chairs Cabinet session

June 1, 2009

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting at the Royal Court in Riyadh today. At the outset, the King briefed the Cabinet on his contacts over the past few days with foreign leaders, including a meeting with Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and phone conversations with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

The Cabinet reviewed the recommendations of the emergency meeting of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), during which it was agreed that current crude output levels should be maintained. The ministers reasserted that the fair price for a barrel of oil is $75 to $80.

On the domestic front, King Abdullah listened to a report detailing the aftershocks afflicting parts of Madinah and Tabuk. The report stated that seismic activities in the area are decreasing and that no volcanic vapors have been detected.

The Cabinet approved an agreement with Japan in the field of air services; authorized draft agreements with Morocco and Spain on transferring prisoners; approved a memorandum of cooperation between the King Abdulaziz Foundation for Research and Archives and Sudan’s National Documents Foundation; approved the Protocol on the Preferential Tariff Plan of the Organization of the Islamic Conference; approved the establishment of the Amanah Company for Cooperative Insurance; and approved the addition of the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology to the membership of the Standing National Committee for Response to Radiation and Nuclear Emergencies and the National Response Team for Radiation and Nuclear Emergencies.

The Cabinet approved the appointment of Ahmad Al-Sheikh as Undersecretary at the Governorate of Jouf Province (15th rank); Dr. Abdulaziz bin Salamah as Media Advisor at the Ministry of Culture and Information (15th rank); Fahd Al-Ghonaim as Assistant Undersecretary for Technical Affairs at the Presidency of the National Guard (14th rank); and Ali Al-Badr as Director General of Administrative and Financial Affairs at the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs (14th rank).