2006 News Story

Cabinet: Lebanon, Iraq, Palestine, Hajj

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

King Abdullah opened the meeting by welcoming the results of the 27th summit of the Supreme Council of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which concluded in Riyadh yesterday. The Council issued important decisions that enhance its progress, GCC integration, regional issues and Arab and Muslim joint efforts.

In a statement, Minister of Culture and Information Iyad Madani said that King Abdullah expressed his appreciation for the atmosphere of cooperation, brotherhood, frankness and clarity that dominated the summit. In this regard, the Cabinet emphasized the importance of the directive to conduct a GCC joint study for a joint program on using nuclear technology for peaceful purposes, according to international criteria and regulations.

The Cabinet reviewed developments in areas of tension in the region and the world, as well as Arab and international efforts to contain them.

On Lebanon, the Cabinet reaffirmed the Kingdom’s position that all parties should pursue agreement, self-restraint and Lebanese interests, and exercise wisdom, reason and dialogue to preserve Lebanese unity and give those who want to harm Lebanon no opportunity to do so.

On the Palestinian situation, the Cabinet emphasized the importance of Palestinian unity and the formation of a national unity government. The aims of the Palestinian factions should be ending the suffering of the Palestinian people and achieving their legitimate right to establish a state according to international resolutions, the Cabinet said.

Turning to Iraq, the Cabinet expressed regret over the ongoing bloodshed in that country and the increase in terrorist and criminal acts that kill innocent people daily. The Cabinet looks forward to a commitment by all parties in Iraq to halting the sectarian fighting and stemming Muslim bloodshed. It welcomed the outcome of last week’s ministerial meeting on Iraq in Cairo, which called for the convention of an Iraqi national reconciliation conference.

The King was also briefed on the latest preparations for the Hajj for this year as well as progress on a number of education projects in the Kingdom.

The Cabinet issued a number of decisions, including authorizing the Minister of Foreign Affairs or his deputy to sign an international agreement on preventing acts of nuclear terrorism; a draft judicial agreement with India; and a draft memorandum of understanding for scientific and education cooperation with the Philippines.

The Cabinet approved the appointments of Osama bin Abdulaziz bin Saad Al-Rabeea as Undersecretary of the Ministry Of Finance for Financial and Accounts Affairs; Ibrahim Bin Awad Bin Ibrahim Al-Ahmadi as Director General of the Office of the Governor of Almadinah Almunawarah Governorate; and the transfer of Dr. Hamad Bin Abdulhameed Bin Saad Al-Oafi from the position of the Kingdom's Permanent Representative in Geneva to the position of Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry at the 14th rank.