King Abdullah chairs Cabinet meeting

June 29, 2009

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting at the Royal Court in Jeddah today. At the outset, he briefed the ministers on his latest contacts with foreign leaders, including a meeting Sunday with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. The King reported that the bilateral meeting focused on Saudi-Egyptian relations and the Mideast peace process.

The Cabinet welcomed the appointment of Nabih Berry as Speaker of the Lebanese Parliament and the nomination of Saad Al-Hariri to be Prime Minister, expressing hope that Lebanon’s leaders will help strengthen their country’s security, stability, prosperity, and sovereignty.

The Cabinet then was briefed on the extraordinary meeting of Arab Foreign Ministers, which was held in Cairo last Wednesday. The session’s participants reached the consensus that achieving a lasting and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian problem is the key to establishing peace and security in the Middle East and making progress on other regional issues.

After reviewing its agenda items, the Cabinet transferred ownership of Ain Najm Park to the municipality of Al-Ahsa; authorized the Interior Minister to discuss a draft cooperation agreement on extradition with India; approved an agreement with Poland to avoid tax duplication and income tax evasion; authorized the Minister of Transport to discuss a draft agreement regarding multimedia transport of goods between Arab countries; approved the licensing of the “Tabadul” Saudi joint stock company; and authorized the President of the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) to discuss a draft memorandum of understanding for scientific and technological cooperation with Uzbekistan’s Coordination Committee for the Promotion of Sciences and Technology.