Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz today chaired the regular weekly session of the Council of Ministers, which denounced this morning’s act of terrorism committed against the U.S. Consulate in Jeddah. The Kingdom reiterates its commitment to combating terrorism in all its forms, and tracking down its perpetrators until it is eradicated. The Cabinet expressed appreciation of the tremendous ongoing efforts exerted by the brave officers of the armed forces in combating terrorism and preserving the Kingdom's security and safety.
The Cabinet was then briefed on talks held by Crown Prince Abdullah with Jordan's King Abdullah bin Al-Hussein, which focused on the latest international developments and in particular the Iraqi and the Palestinian issues.
With regard to Iraq, the Cabinet expressed its great regret over the killing of innocent people and the destruction of that country's infrastructure, and urged all Iraqis to unite and work together to emerge from the difficult stalemate from which Iraq is suffering at all levels, security, economic and social in order to achieve stability; maintain its independence, sovereignty, and national unity; and resume its role as an effective member of the international community.
With regard to Palestine, the Cabinet praised the Palestinian leadership for its wisdom and the feeling of responsibility for a smooth transfer of authority, an attitude which enhances its legitimacy, the role of political institutions and the unity of the Palestinian people to serve their just cause and to preserve their legitimate rights including that to establish an independent state with Al-Quds [East Jerusalem] as its capital. The Cabinet expressed the hope that the international ‘Quartet’ Committee will pursue its efforts to push ahead with the peace process in accordance with the principles and requirements of the ‘roadmap’, and to prepare the appropriate atmosphere to facilitate the Palestinian political process.
Turning to domestic issues, the Cabinet passed a number of resolutions, including authorization for the Minister of Finance or his deputy to sign a draft agreement with the Republic of Azerbaijan on mutual protection and encouragement for investments; and approval of a bill allowing the private sector to produce and market educational aids provided they are not in contradiction with Shariah [Islamic Law].