Sheikh Mohammed chairs Cabinet meeting

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on Sunday chaired the Cabinet meeting held at the Presidential Palace.

Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, and Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs were also present.

The Council of Ministers discussed a number of issues, and endorsed the general objectives of strategic plans of the ministries and federal authorities for year 2011 to 2013. It was also briefed about the resolutions of the Federal National Council on setting the policies of the Ministry of Finance and the General Authority of Civil Aviation in the country.

The Cabinet has endorsed the final account of Zakat Fund for the year ended December 31, 2009, and endorsed a number of agreements signed by UAE with a number of sisterly and friendly countries in the area of security.
It has also ratified the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the UAE with the Republic of Azerbaijan on mutual exemption of holders of the diplomatic passports in both countries from entry visa.

The Council of Ministers approved the signing of air transport agreement between the UAE and Portugal .

It also endorsed the final financial report and the general budget of Emirates General Petroleum Corporation for the fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2009. The Cabinet also approved the final unified accounts of Emirates Post Holding Group for the fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2009. It approved the appointment of a number of ambassadors to some friendly countries. 

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