King Abdullah chairs Cabinet meeting

July 6, 2009

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting today at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah. He began with an overview of his latest contacts with foreign leaders, including a June 30 tripartite summit he attended in Sharm El-Sheikh alongside Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Bahraini King Hamad Al-Khalifah.

The Cabinet addressed a number of domestic issues, praising King Abdullah’s efforts to promote national dialogue and commending the government’s support of the youth and sports sectors. The ministers also welcomed the recommendations issued by the International Consultative Workshop on H1N1 (Swine Flu) Preventative Measures, held from July 5-7, and the issuance of the National Medical Plan for the Prevention of H1N1. Both of these measures are part of the Kingdom’s comprehensive effort to prevent and contain cases of swine flu during the upcoming Hajj season.

Turning to its agenda items, the Cabinet authorized the Minister of Interior to discuss a draft protocol with the U.N. High Commission for Refugees; approved the final statement of account of the National Commission for the Protection and Development of Wildlife for fiscal year 1427/1428 H.; authorized the General President of Youth Welfare to discuss a draft agreement of cooperation with China in the field of sports; authorized the Minister of Finance to sign a draft agreement with Tunisia to avoid tax duplication and prevent income tax evasion; and approved the final statement of account of the General Corporation of King Fahd Causeway for fiscal years 1426/1427 H. and 1427/1428 H.

The Cabinet also approved the appointment of Dr. A’qab Al-Waihiq as Security Advisor at the Makkah Governorate (15th rank); Dr. Mohammad Al-Hoqail as Director General of the Minister’s Office at the Ministry of Interior (14th rank); Ahmad Al-Wadi as Director General of Administrative and Financial Affairs of the Border Guard at the Ministry of Interior (14th rank); and Ghassan Kotabi as Information Technology and Telecommunications Advisor at the Foreign Ministry (14th rank).