2007 News Story

Cabinet reviews key regional issues

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

The King opened the meeting by briefing the Cabinet on his recent meetings and consultations with world leaders and their envoys. He noted that Saudi Arabia seeks to bolster its relations with friendly countries and promote security, stability and development in the region.

The Cabinet stressed that achieving this goal requires resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and achieving a just peace through the Arab Peace Initiative and Palestinian unity. Israel’s policy of stubbornness will only lead to more violence and widen the gap between Arab countries and those who silently condone such a policy, the Cabinet warned.

On Iraq, the Cabinet said that Iraqi leaders have an increased responsibility to seek political reconciliation in a way that achieves justice and equality for all Iraqis and affirms Iraq’s independence and unity.

Regarding Lebanon, the Cabinet expressed the hope that the upcoming meeting of Lebanese leaders in France would result in tangible steps towards a political solution that safeguards the country’s independence and eliminates foreign interference in its internal affairs.

The Cabinet also reviewed efforts to unify the various warring factions in Somalia and expressed interest in the reconciliation efforts currently underway there.

Turning to domestic matters, the Cabinet issued a number of decisions, including amending an article of the Personnel Service, establishing a national committee for population with the Minister of Economy and Planning as chairman, and an amendment to the Companies System.

The Cabinet approved a number of appointments, including: seven members to the Board of Directors of the Supreme Commission for Tourism for three years; Ahmed Al-Abdul-A’alee as representative of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry to the Cooperative Health Insurance Council; Ibrahim Al-Dowaish as Assistant Secretary-General of the Supreme Judiciary Council at the Ministry of Justice; and Jamal Al-Kholaif as Director-General of the Office of the Minister of Agriculture.