Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah yesterday.
King Abdullah opened the meeting by briefing the Cabinet on his recent contacts and consultations with world leaders and their envoys. He highlighted his meetings this past week with Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani and Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora, and stressed that the Kingdom supports GCC unity as well as the independence, stability and unity of Lebanon.
Turning to Saudi Arabia’s 77th National Day – which was observed on September 23 – King Abdullah said that the celebrations are a reminder of the basic principles on which the modern Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was founded. These principles include adherence to Islam, which advocates the values of responsibility, equality, solidarity, justice, and harmony, he said. National Day also harks back to the bravery, courage, and strength of belief shown by the generation that founded the modern state. The Kingdom has essayed to propagate those values and principles, which are a source of pride and achievement.
The Cabinet approved the Kingdom’s accession to the International Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Bombings. Other items authorized include: the negotiation of Memoranda of Understanding on health cooperation with Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom; the establishment of the Ras Al-Zoor Company for Water and Electricity; and reformed the Cooperative Health Insurance Council for three years, effective October 28, 2007.
During yesterday’s meeting the Cabinet also reviewed the progress of various environmental and health projects and approved a number of governmental appointments.