2007 News Story

Cabinet highlights Saudi policies on Iraq, Palestine

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh today. The King opened the session by briefing the Cabinet on his meetings and consultations with world leaders and their envoys.

Then, the Cabinet highlighted the Kingdom’s policies on a number of regional issues. On the Palestinian issue, it reaffirmed full support for the Palestinian unity government. Achieving peace requires Israeli commitment to international law and the Arab Peace Initiative in respect to a Palestinian state and the rights of refugees, it said.

On Iraq, the Cabinet stressed Saudi support for strengthening Iraq’s security, ending the violence there, achieving national unity based on the political participation of all strata of Iraq’s society, focusing on Iraq’s construction and affirming its sovereignty.

Turning to domestic matters, the King touched on his tour of the northern provinces last week. He commended citizens for their loyalty and patriotism, and the local government officials for their role in implementing development projects in the area.

King Abdullah lauded citizens’ firm and united stance against militants or anyone who threatens national security, and praised their cooperation with security forces.

The Cabinet issued a number of decisions, including approving the establishment of a national committee for humanitarian international law to be affiliated with the Saudi Arabian Red Crescent Society. The new committee will be responsible for implementing the relevant international humanitarian agreements ratified by Saudi Arabia.

It also approved amending articles of the Armed Forces Officers’ System and the Servicemen System, in addition to a system to organize the dealing, manufacturing, importing, selling, transporting and storing of non-military explosives and firecrackers; and reviewed the progress of education, water and electricity projects.