Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah today.
King Abdullah opened the meeting by briefing the Cabinet on his recent talks with King Abdullah II of Jordan. The Saudi-Jordanian talks focused on the importance of joint Arab action to confront challenges in the region and the close relationship between the two countries.
The Cabinet extended condolences to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on last week’s deadly rock slide in Egypt. It also expressed the hope that the election of Asif Ali Zardari as president of Pakistan would strengthen the country’s unity, security and stability.
It also approved the extension of the concession held by US oil giant Chevron in the neutral zone shared with Kuwait.
Bilateral accords approved at the meeting included agreements with Turkey and the Netherlands to avoid double taxation and prevent tax evasion as well as air transport services and judicial cooperation agreements with Yemen.
Turning to domestic issues, the Cabinet called on all government and private agencies to mobilize their resources in the service of the pilgrims who come for Umrah during the holy month of Ramadan.
It also allocated $56.9 million (SR 213.56 million) to address the problem of landslides in the mountainous areas of Jizan Province and approved linking the Saudi Center for Organ Transplantation directly with the Council of Health Services.