Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the Cabinet's weekly session at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah today.
King Abdullah briefed the Cabinet on his talks with Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa on the status of the resolutions of the Riyadh Arab Summit and the current situations in Lebanon, Palestine, Iraq and Somalia. King Abdullah also briefed the Cabinet on his talks with Somali Prime Minister Ali Muhammad Gedi.
On the issue of Palestine, the Cabinet stressed the importance of the follow-up committee within the frameworks and steps approved by the Riyadh Summit for a joint Arab action and the necessity of the Arab League to have a pivotal role, especially the implementation of the Arab League's recent decision to send a fact-finding mission. The Cabinet also stressed the importance of working to stabilize the situation in Lebanon and safeguard its independence. The Cabinet also stressed the Arab identity and unity of Iraq and protecting it from the sectarian violence, divisions and factional fighting.
The Cabinet welcomed the Somalia National Reconciliation Conference and hoped that the conference would shoulders its responsibility toward a comprehensive and firm agreement on Somalia which would bolster its unity and prevent if from turning to an abyss of violence in the region or a site for the influence of antagonistic powers.
On domestic issues, the Cabinet added the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Secretary General of the National Security Council to Military Service Council.
The Cabinet approved a Shoura Council decision to set up the Center for Oil Studies and Research. The Center will be supervised by a board of trustees consisting of the Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources and six experts in the field of oil and scientific research. The Center is designed to conduct scientific and applied research to help develop oil industry and preserve the environment; study the situation of international oil industry and follow-up the policies of the consuming and producing oil countries as well as the strategic orientation of international oil companies; and promote, up-grade, and develop research capabilities and new innovations in the field of oil industry.
The Cabinet approved the appointments of Mahmoud bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Benjabi as Minister Plenipotentiary (Grade A) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Suleiman bin Ali bin Ibrahim Al-Ghosn as Director General for Educational Information at the Ministry of Education; Suleiman bin Abdullah bin Suleiman Al-Aqeel as Director General for Boys Education Department at the Ministry of Education; and Dhari bin Suleiman bin Obaid Al-Rasheed as Director General of Information Center at the Ministry of Health.