2007 News Story

Cabinet: Middle East peace process, Hajj preparations

Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh today on behalf of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, who is attending the 28th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit in Qatar.

Crown Prince Sultan opened the meeting by briefing the Cabinet on King Abdullah’s recent contacts and consultations with world leaders and their envoys, in particular a meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on the Middle East peace process.

The Cabinet reaffirmed Saudi Arabia’s commitment to fostering peace in the region, and expressed the hope that the recent Annapolis peace conference would contribute to the launch of serious Palestinian-Israeli peace talks between as well as the Syrian and Lebanese tracks.

Turning to Hajj matters, Crown Prince Sultan was briefed on the Kingdom’s final preparations for this year’s pilgrimage. He directed all government bodies to exert the utmost effort to provide services to the pilgrims.

The Cabinet also praised Saudi security forces for their recent operations that resulted in the arrest of 208 suspected terrorists and foiled a number of terrorist plots.

A number of items on the agenda were approved today, including: the Kingdom’s accession to the International Organization of Migration as an observer; the International Convention Against Doping in Sports; regulations related to personnel issues at the General Corporation of Saudi Arabian Airlines; and the extension of exemptions for the importation of cement and steel from non-GCC countries.