Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has urged authorities to provide optimum services to pilgrims who have come to perform Haj this year, said Deputy Crown Prince Muqrin while chairing a meeting held by the Council of Ministers here Monday.
Prince Muqrin said Saudi Arabia is carrying out giant development projects in Makkah, Madinah and holy shrines and expansion works on the two holy mosques.
More than 2 million pilgrims from within the Kingdom and abroad are expected to perform Haj this year.
Haj Minister - acting Minister of Culture and Information - Bandar Hajjar said the Cabinet was briefed on the telephone conversation between King Abdullah and Yemeni President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi.
Referring to the speech made by King Abdullah while meeting with foreign ambassadors, the Cabinet reiterated the need for greater global cooperation to combat and prevent terrorism from spreading all over the world.
The Cabinet welcomed the cease-fire agreement between the Palestinians and Israelis that ended the Zionist entity’s aggression on Gaza, while praising the role played by Egypt to reach a truce.
“The meeting stressed the importance of speeding up distribution of relief supplies in Gaza Strip to alleviate the sufferings of Palestinians hit by the Israeli war crimes,” Hajjar said.
Saudi Arabia welcomed the resolutions taken by the GCC Ministerial Council that met in Jeddah on Saturday, reaffirming the solid position of Gulf states on several political, regional and international political issues and stressing the importance of the GCC journey.
The Cabinet appreciated the international report issued by the Global Agenda Council on Competitiveness of the World Economic Forum in Davos that signalled Madinah as a unique example of a global competitive city since it represents a historic center for spiritual and intellectual enlightenment.
The meeting also commended the opening of specialized courts and the monitoring of the real estate violations. It valued the announcement of the names of individuals entitled to housing aid in different regions.
Spelling out other Cabinet decisions, Hajjar said it approved a civil defense and civil protection agreement with Morocco. Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef to hold talks and sign a civil defense cooperation agreement with his Georgian counterpart.
Head of Youth Welfare Presidency to discuss and sign with Japanese officials a sports cooperation agreement, the minister said.
The Cabinet endorsed the universal regulation of the GCC on substances that deplete the ozone layer. The regulation covers total phase-out and substitution of ozone-depleting materials with safe alternatives in accordance with the national interests of the GCC countries. “The regulation also calls for plans and programs in GCC countries to rehabilitate and help sectors dependant on controlled substances comply with sound repairs and maintenance practices and transit to appropriate alternatives,” Hajjar said.
The Cabinet appointed Khaled bin Mohammed Al-Fuhaid, acting undersecretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, member of the Board of Directors of Agricultural Development Fund.