2006 News Story

Cabinet: Crown Prince’s official visits, Palestinian issue

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

The King opened the meeting by briefing the Cabinet on his recent contacts and meetings with world leaders and envoys. He stressed that Saudi Arabia seeks to enhance its national interests, support Arab and Muslim causes, strengthen institutional cooperation and build bridges between world cultures and communities. The King also affirmed that Saudi Arabia advocates dialogue.

In a statement, Minister of Culture and Information Iyad Madani said that Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz briefed the Cabinet on his recent official visits to Japan, Singapore and Pakistan. The Cabinet emphasized the importance of the Crown Prince’s visits, which reflect the Kingdom’s interest in strategic global relations.

On the Palestinian issue, the Cabinet stressed that peace and rapprochement cannot be pursued unilaterally or by isolating the Palestinian people. It called on countries to review their positions on assistance to the Palestinian people, and noted that suspending assistance is a collective punishment of a people who have been deprived of their rights.

The Cabinet welcomed the second Saudi-British conference on economic, cultural and academic relations between the two countries, calling it an example of the Kingdom’s efforts to establish channels between societies.

The Cabinet issued a number of decisions, including creating the positions of assistant undersecretary for survey and lands at the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs and assistant undersecretary for the registration of real estate at the Ministry of Justice. The Cabinet also approved a classification system for contractors.

The Cabinet authorized the Minister of Agriculture or his deputy to negotiate a renewal of a technical cooperation agreement with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

A number of appointments were approved. Dr. Talal bin Mustafa Qadi, Dr. Abdulaziz bin Mohammed Albassam and Dr. Ali bin Mohammed Alsibyani were appointed to the Board of Directors of the Saudi Geological Survey Commission for three years.

The Cabinet also approved the appointments of Dr. Abdulrahim bin Mashna bin Safar Alghamdi as Director General of Legal Affairs and International Cooperation at the Ministry of Interior; Nassir bin Mohammed bin Finais Algahtani as Consultant for Transport Affairs at the Ministry of Transport; and Mohammed bin Sulaiman bin Mohammed Alamro as Minister Plenipotentiary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.