Custodian of the Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh today.
Following his April 1 address to the Shura Council, the King expressed his appreciation for the important role of the Council in facilitating the country’s development by providing advice and drafting legislation.
In a statement following the meeting, Minister of Culture and Information Iyad Madani said that the Cabinet viewed King Abdullah’s address to the Shura Council as a visionary one that should be used to guide policy. The King’s remarks stressed the Saudi government’s unwavering commitment to Shari’ah (Islamic law), the promotion of unity, adherence to the Islamic way of life, the pursuance of justice, and renewed determination to eradicate the deviant group, Madani said.
The address also emphasized the Kingdom’s ongoing efforts to achieve prosperity for its citizens, including continuing development and balanced growth, a national dialogue, economic liberalization, and improved government efficiency.
Finally, the speech underscored the Kingdom’s commitment to the Arab world as well as friendship and cooperation among nations.
Then, Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud Al-Faisal briefed the Cabinet on last week’s Arab Summit in Khartoum. The King welcomed improved joint Arab action and the strengthening of a unified Arab approach to regional and global issues. The Cabinet expressed its hope that the Khartoum summit would strengthen Arab unity on the Palestinian situation, protection of Iraq’s security and integrity, and incentive for stability in Lebanon.
King Abdullah also briefed the Cabinet on his various contacts and consultations concerning bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues.
The Cabinet issued a number of decisions. The Minister of Culture and Information or his deputy was authorized to sign a draft memorandum of understanding to enhance cultural exchange with Japan. The Cabinet approved a proposal by the Minister of Finance to enforce a resolution issued by the recent GCC meeting in Bahrain concerning standards for noise and air quality. It also approved recommendations by the Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources on the regulation of exploiting silica, designating all silica sites as national property.
The cabinet approved the appointment of Abdulaziz bin Saad bin Mohammed Al’anqari as consultant at the Supreme Judiciary Council, and Mohammed bin Ibrahim bin Abdulrahman Al-Fowzan as educational expert at the Ministry of Education.