Second Deputy Prime Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz began the Cabinet meeting at Al Salam Palace in Jeddah today with a review of the latest foreign contacts made by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and other top Saudi officials. In particular, he reviewed the meeting in Washington between Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, during which bilateral relations and the Middle East peace process were discussed.
Then Minister of Health Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah presented a report on the Kingdom’s ongoing efforts to prevent the spread of the H1N1 virus, especially during the upcoming Hajj season. Dr. Al-Rabeeah offered condolences to the families of the four people who have died of the disease in the Kingdom, adding that most of the infected patients have been cured.
After a review of its agenda, the Cabinet authorized the Foreign Minister to sign a draft memorandum of understanding with South Africa on bilateral political consultation; authorized the Minister of Telecommunications and Information Technology to sign a draft memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the field of telecommunications and information technology with Cuba; and approved the final statement of accounts of the Saudi Ports Authority for fiscal year 1427/1428 H.
The Cabinet also approved the appointment of Dr. Mohammad Al-Alsheikh as Security Advisor (15th rank) at the Ministry of Interior; Dr. Thamer Al-Roqaib as Director General of Development Projects at the Ministry of Interior (15th rank); and Dr. Mohammad Al-Braithin as Director General of the Office of the Minister at the Ministry of Water and Electricity (14th rank).