King Abdullah chairs Cabinet session

November 1, 2010

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz began the Cabinet session in Riyadh today with a briefing on the consultations he held last week with foreign officials. These included two telephone calls with U.S. President Barack Obama and Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and a reception he held for Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa.

For its part, the Cabinet praised the offer extended over the weekend by King Abdullah inviting the political actors of Iraq to hold a meeting in Saudi Arabia after the Hajj season. The summit, held under the auspices of the Arab League, will seek a solution to Iraq’s political gridlock and help the parties form a new government.

Next, the Cabinet listened to a number of reports on regional and international developments. The ministers condemned the Israeli decision to add the occupied city of Al-Quds [Jerusalem] to a list of important Israeli cities, stressing that this step aims to Judaize the Holy City. They called on the international community to compel Israel to cease its attempts to transform and annex the city.

Addressing its weekly agenda, the Cabinet approved a number of measures pertaining to the conversion of the National Program for Energy Management and Rationalization at the King Abdulaziz City for Sciences and Technology (KACST) into a permanent National Center for Energy Rationalization; approved amending articles of the statute of the Jeddah Development and Urban Regeneration Company, issued by Royal Decree No. (M/65) on 23/10/1427; and approved a draft memorandum of understanding for cooperation in fields of public health and medical sciences between the Saudi Ministry of Health of and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, signed in Geneva on 18/05/2010.

The Cabinet approved the appointments of Nasser Al-Abdullah as Director General of the Governor’s Office at the Riyadh Governorate and Ibrahim Al-Humaidan as Assistant Director General of Customs for Revenues Affairs at the Customs Department. Both appointments were made at the 14th rank.