Chairman of Consultative Council of Saudi Arabia to Visit Uzbekistan
Tuesday 24 April 2012
TASHKENT (IINA) – Chairman of the Consultative Council of Saudi Arabia, will arrive in Tashkent for bilateral negotiations, the press service of the Foreign Ministry of Uzbekistan said.
- Abdullah ibn Muhammad Al ash-Sheikh
He is the current Speaker of the Majlis ash-Shura (Consultative Assembly) of Saudi Arabia, and was, until 2009, the country’s Minister of Justice.
The program of the visit includes meetings with the leaders of both houses of parliament, government and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic.
Uzbekistan and Saudi Arabia has granted each other the most favoured nation treatment. The chambers of commerce of both countries signed an agreement on cooperation. The intergovernmental agreement on air services was signed in April 2009. The relationships between the two countries are also developing within the framework of OIC and IDB.
Agreement was reached to invest in the 20 priority projects in Uzbekistan in the field of health, education, energy, transport and infrastructure development at a meeting of Arab Coordination Group in 2007, which was attended by representatives of the Saudi Development Fund.
The Consultative Assembly of Saudi Arabia also known as Majlis as-Shura or Shura Council is the formal advisory body of Saudi Arabia, which is an absolute monarchy. It cannot pass or enforce laws, a power reserved for the King. The Consultative Assembly has limited powers in government, including the power to propose laws to the King. It has 150 members, all of whom are appointed by the King. The Consultative Assembly is headed by a Speaker. The current speaker is Abdullah ibn Muhammad Al ash-Sheikh.