Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting in Jeddah today.
King Abdullah opened the meeting by briefing the Cabinet on his visit to Turkey and his talks with Turkish leaders, which focused on bilateral relations as well as global issues such as the situations in Lebanon, Palestine and Iraq, Muslim minorities in Europe and the threat of terrorism. The King also briefed the Cabinet on his consultations with regional leaders regarding the crises in Lebanon and the Palestinian territories.
In a statement after the meeting, Minister of Culture and Information Iyad Madani said that the Cabinet stressed the strategic importance of Saudi-Turkish relations.
It also underscored that terrorism is a global threat, and that the best way to confront it is through close international cooperation based on information exchange and with an international counterterrorism center as called for by King Abdullah.
Terrorism has neither religion nor nationality, the Cabinet noted, and warned against accusing Muslims of terrorism or fascism without taking into consideration the rich history of the Islamic civilization.
The Cabinet expressed support for the Lebanese government and its approval of UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which calls for a cease-fire and an increase in UN troops in southern Lebanon. The Cabinet emphasized that the Israeli attacks on Lebanon and the Palestinian territories demonstrate that the region’s problems cannot be solved by military force. The countries of the region must promote unity among their various factions to avoid spreading violence, it noted.
Turning to domestic items, the Cabinet approved a number of items, including an amendment to an aviation agreement with the United Arab Emirates and a draft agreement on encouraging mutual investments with Uzbekistan.
The Cabinet also made several appointments. It re-appointed Dr Abdullah bin Ahmed Alrasheed as Deputy Chairman of the King Abdulaziz City for Sciences and Technology for four years, effective August 22, 2006. It also appointed Abdulkareem bin Mohammed Al-Malki as Minister Plenipotentiary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Abdulaziz bin Mohammed Al-Fawaz as Cultural Attaché at the Ministry of Higher Education; and Abdullah bin Hamdan Al-Ghamdi as Assistant Undersecretary for Educational Development at the Ministry of Education.