King Abdullah chairs Cabinet session (7/23/12)

July 23, 2012

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz began the Cabinet session at Al-Salam palace in Jeddah this evening by congratulating the Saudi people and the Islamic world on the advent of the blessed month of Ramadan. He wished all Muslims a successful fasting and urged them to abide by the Prophet’s deeds and teachings.

The King then briefed the Cabinet on his latest contacts with foreign envoys and reviewed the impact of recent developments on regional and international stability. The Cabinet lauded the resolutions passed by the Arab Ministerial Council during its extraordinary meeting in Doha yesterday concerning Syria. It underscored the importance of supporting the Syrian people and intensifying Arab and international efforts to end the bloodshed and extend humanitarian aid.

The Cabinet praised the care shown by King Abdullah for Muslims around the world, welcoming his call for an Extraordinary Islamic Solidarity Conference to be held in Makkah from the 26-27 of Ramadan (August 14-15). It also welcomed the monarch’s directive to initiate a national campaign to raise funds and collect supplies for the Syrian people, which is scheduled to begin this evening.

Addressing its remaining agenda items, the Cabinet authorized the Minister of Finance to sign a draft agreement to avoid double taxation and tax evasion with Tajikistan; approved the amendment of some articles of the agreement of the Arab Shipbuilding and Repair Yard Company; approved a number of procedures based on recommendations submitted by the Minister of Communications and Information Technology regarding the second annual report on the transition to an information society for fiscal year 1430/1431 H.; and approved regulations for non-governmental rehabilitation centers for disabled persons.