2005 News Story

Cabinet: Palestinian President, human rights, Arab League

Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz today chaired the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers, and, briefing the Cabinet on talks held with visiting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, reiterated the Kingdom's support for the Palestinian people to regain their rights and set up their independent state with Al-Quds [East Jerusalem] as its capital.

The Cabinet then stressed its commitment to the Kingdom's statement delivered in Geneva at the 61st session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. The statement affirmed that responsibility for preserving human rights should be shouldered by governments, which have the support of civil organizations as well as international institutions such as the Commission on Human Rights. The statement also declared that communities should be developed in accordance with their own needs and characteristics and not according to theories and ideas imposed from abroad; and stressed that programs aimed at modernization and growth cannot be accomplished unless the appropriate conditions and atmosphere exist, adding that this is particularly the case for the achievement of peace, stability and peace in the Middle East, which has suffered from their absence on account of Israel’s occupation of Arab territories.

Turning to items on its agenda, the Cabinet passed a number of resolutions, including approval of draft memoranda of understanding with the Republic of Tunisia and with the Republic of the Sudan for the formation of political follow-up and consultation committees to coordinate positions on Arab and international platforms; and endorsement of a proposal to transform the Civil Aviation Commission to a public organization with its own legal personality, financially and administratively independent, and with the mandate to organize the air transportation industry and manage its development on a commercial basis.

The Cabinet also ratified the Pledge of Accord and Solidarity that was issued by the League of Arab States at the 16th Arab Summit meeting; and ratified an amendment made at that Summit to the first paragraph of Article (8) of the Arab Joint Defense and Economic Cooperation Treaty to read as follows: “The Arab League sets up the Economic and Social Council as one of its affiliates, to comprise ministers from Arab member states in charge of economic and financial affairs who will be nominated by their home governments, taking into consideration the nature of the Council's functions and the importance of efficient and continuous representation. The Council's mission is to achieve the economic and social objectives of the Arab League and whatever is related to it as per the Arab League Charter or this Treaty or the signed agreements within the framework of the Arab League.”