Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired a Cabinet session Monday at Riyadh’s Al-Yamamah Palace. King Abdullah briefed the Cabinet on his meetings with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during their visits to the Kingdom earlier in the week.
King Abdullah informed the Cabinet that these talks are within the framework of the Kingdom’s desire to strengthen its relations with various countries, enhance its national interests and serve peace and security in the region and the world.
The Cabinet expressed its deep sorrow and concern over the violence in Iraq and condemned all acts of violence, regardless of who commits them. It further called on the United Nations to take the leading role, and on the permanent members of the Security Council to shoulder their responsibilities and to carry out their roles demanded of them as permanent membership in the Security Council. The Cabinet also called on the United States as a superpower to use its influence to advance regional peace and stability.
As for the Palestinian issue, the Cabinet emphasized the urgency for an international conference on the issue of Palestinian so that peace initiatives and United Nations resolutions can be implemented and protect the Palestinians civilians from Israeli aggression.
The Cabinet condemned the murder of Lebanese Industry Minister Pierre Gemayel and expressed its hope that this terrorist act will not affect Lebanon’s stability and security, and reaffirmed its commitment Lebanon and its people. The Cabinet called on all Lebanese political leaders to preserve Lebanon’s unity, sovereignty and stability.
On domestic issues, the Cabinet renewed its support of constructive dialogue among the nations of the world, people and organizations.
The Cabinet issued a number of decisions today. It authorized the Foreign Minister or his deputy to negotiate and sign a draft memorandum of understanding with the United States on the issue of child custody. Upon the recommendation of Majlis Al-Shura (Consultative Council), the Cabinet endorsed the accession of the Republic of Yemen to the following Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) affiliated organizations: Health Ministers Council, Arab Education Bureau for Arab Gulf Countries, Labor and Social Affairs Ministers Council, and Arab Gulf Football Cup Tournament.
The Cabinet authorized the Secretary General of the Supreme Commission for Tourism or his deputy to sign, in consultation with the head of the Saudi side of the Saudi-Turkish Joint Committee, a draft memorandum of understanding in the area of tourism with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism in Turkey.
Upon the request of the Minister of Finance, the Cabinet agreed to augment the Kingdom’s contribution to the capital of the Islamic Development Bank as approved by the bank’s Board of Governors.
The Cabinet approved the appointment of Hamad bin Abdulaziz bin Sulaiman al-Subhair as administrative consultant at the Ministry of Justice and Fahd bin Ahmed Al-Sudaira as Director-General of Administrative Affairs of the General Staff.