2006 News Story

Cabinet: Israel, Iraq, domestic programs

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

The King began the session by briefing the Cabinet on his talks with Austrian President Heinz Fischer, as well as other recent meetings and consultations.

The Cabinet condemned Israel for its attack on Jericho prison, Minister of Culture and Information Iyad Madani said.

On Iraq, the Cabinet expressed its concern over the ongoing violence there, and stated its hope that all concerned with Iraqi affairs would recognize the dangers threatening the country’s future and national unity.

Turning to domestic issues, the Cabinet reviewed the performance of government agencies charged with implementing development projects to improve services for citizens. It also reviewed the appropriations of the Eighth Development Plan and the general budget.

According to official figures, more than SR 30 billion [$8 billion] was appropriated for a number of government agencies, including the Ministries of Water and Electricity, Municipal and Rural Affairs, Transport, Health, Education, Social Affairs, Higher Education, and the General Organization for Technical Education and Vocational Training (GOTEVOT). These bodies are implementing 1,052 projects throughout the Kingdom.

The Cabinet approved a number of appointments, including Na’eem bin Ibrahim bin Ahmed Alna’eem as Director General of the Dammam-based King Abdulaziz Port at the Ports Authority; Hasan bin Mahmoud bin Hasan Al-Fakhiri as Director General for Health Affairs Department in Makkah at the Ministry of Health; and Dr. Abdulaziz bin Salih bin Saad bin Salamah as Assistant Undersecretary for External Information at the Ministry of Culture and Information.