2006 News Story

Cabinet stresses support for Lebanon, calls for a unified Arab stance

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

The King opened the meeting by briefing the Cabinet on his meetings and consultations, including a meeting with Secretary-General of the Arab League Amr Moussa on the Kingdom’s continuing efforts to bring an end to the crisis in Lebanon.

In a statement after the meeting, Minister of Culture and Information Iyad Madani said that the Cabinet stressed the Kingdom’s support for the Lebanese and Palestinian people. It called for a clear, firm Arab position on the Israeli aggression in Lebanon and Palestine and expressed the hope that today’s meeting of Arab foreign ministers in Beirut would result in a united Arab stand. The Cabinet also stated that current international efforts to contain the crisis are insufficient.

Turning to domestic issues, the Cabinet welcomed King Abdullah’s decision to increase the monthly stipend for Saudi students abroad by 15 percent. The move comes at a time when the Kingdom is providing many study abroad opportunities in a variety of fields.

The Cabinet approved a number of items, including a memorandum of understanding on waste administration with Yemen; a fertilizer and soil regulations for GCC countries; the economic decisions reached at the recent GCC Supreme Council in the UAE; and a speedier implementation of Ministry of Health projects.