2005 News Story

Cabinet: Kuwait and the GCC, weapons of mass destruction

Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired in Riyadh today the regular weekly session of the Council of Ministers, and briefed the Cabinet on the talks held with Kuwait's Prime Minister Shaikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah during his recent visit to the Kingdom. After discussing the outcome of the seventh consultative summit of Gulf Cooperation Council held recently in Riyadh, concerning the need for solidarity to enable the GCC to confront challenges, the Cabinet reiterated its call on the international community to make the Middle East, including the Gulf, a region free from all weapons of mass destruction, and to put pressure on Israel to accede to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, subject its nuclear facilities to inspection by the International Atomic Energy Agency, and consider these as preconditions for any future security arrangements.

Turning to items on its agenda, the Cabinet passed a number of resolutions, including endorsement of the Foreign Ministry proposal that no private charitable donation be sent out of the Kingdom unless authorized by the National Commission for Relief and Charity Work Abroad; approval of an amendment to Article (5) of the regulations governing the Supreme Commission for Tourism (SCT) re-forming and expanding membership of its Board of Directors; approval of guidelines on drafting memoranda of cooperation between the King Abdulaziz Center for Archives and Research and similar centers in other countries; and authorization for the Minister of Higher Education or his deputy to discuss a draft memorandum of scientific and educational cooperation with the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.