2006 News Story

Cabinet: Regional issues, Ramadan

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah Monday.

The King opened the session by briefing the Cabinet on his recent meetings and consultations. He highlighted his meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and noted the importance of Saudi-Turkish relations.

In a statement, Minister of Culture and Information Iyad Madani said that the Cabinet reviewed the discussions held between Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) foreign ministers and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in Cairo last week.

The Cabinet reaffirmed the Kingdom’s positions on various Arab issues. It reiterated its support for peace, security and prosperity in Lebanon, and urged the Palestinian leadership to unify and more forward on the peace process. It also stressed support for unity in Iraq.

The King then called on all Muslims to benefit from the blessings of the holy month of Ramadan. He also urged all Saudi officials to make sure that their actions are in keeping with the sanctity of the holy month, especially those involved with Islamic guidance and media affairs.

Turning to domestic issues, the Cabinet issued a number of decisions. It licensed the establishment of 13 stock companies, and approved a bill from the Shura Council regarding state leasing in real estate. It also approved regulations on organ donation. The Cabinet appointed three businessmen to the Saudi Arabian Standards Organization (SASO).