2006 News Story

Crisis in Lebanon dominates weekly Cabinet meeting

  King Abdullah chairs weekly Cabinet meeting

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

King Abdullah opened the meeting by briefing the Cabinet on his meetings and consultations with foreign leaders and their envoys, in particular discussions on the situation in Lebanon with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Jordan’s King Abdullah and Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora.

In a statement following the meeting, Minister of Culture and Information Iyad Madani said that the Cabinet emphasized the Kingdom’s position on the situation in Lebanon and Palestine.

The Kingdom seeks the following, Madani said:
•  Unity in Lebanon;
•  The legitimacy of the Lebanese government according to the Taif agreement;
•  The Lebanese government’s right to extend its authority throughout the country;
•  The moral, political and material responsibility of Israel for massacres and war crimes against Lebanon and the Lebanese people;
•  A unified Arab and Islamic position on the Israeli aggression and those countries that support it;
•  Ongoing contacts with friendly countries that condemned Israeli violations; against Lebanon and have worked to achieve a cease-fire, particularly Russia, China and most European countries;
•  Confrontation of an ideology that incites the region and divides countries, as in Iraq, Palestine and now Lebanon;
•  Saudi Arabia’s full support for the people of Lebanon;
•  Saudi support for a unified and independent Palestine;
•  The lifting of financial, economic and political restrictions on legitimate Palestinian institutions;
•  Saudi support for the Palestinian people in their legitimate struggle to establish an independent state with Al-Quds (Jerusalem) as its capital.

The Cabinet thanked Saudi citizens for their donations to the fundraising campaign for Lebanon.

Turning to domestic matters, the Cabinet issued a number of decisions. It approved bolstering the role of the Anti-Narcotics Committee, with Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz as the committee head. The Cabinet also established a fund to support families of individuals addicted to drugs. In addition, the Cabinet approved talks on cooperation agreements with Turkey in a number of areas, including health and investment.