Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh today.
King Abdullah opened the meeting by expressing confidence in the resolutions reached by the 19th Arab League Summit, held last week in Riyadh. The King said that he greatly values the cooperation, honesty, clarity and sincerity shown by Arab leaders at the summit, and that these qualities resulted in a fruitful meeting.
The Cabinet praised the decisions included in the Riyadh Declaration, in particular the principles for Arab action and the special statements on Darfur and Somalia. The summit has shown that Arabs have clearly sided with peace, development, and reform, and countries concerned with issues in the region should recognize this, the Cabinet noted.
On the Palestinian issue, the Cabinet called for a lifting of the siege imposed on the Palestinian people and for countries to deal openly with the Palestinian national unity government, without exception. First and foremost, Israel must stop its aggressions and offenses against the Palestinian people and accept all relevant international resolutions regarding the matter.
The Cabinet issued a number of decisions. It approved two previously-signed Memorandums of Understanding between Saudi Arabia and Egypt, one on environmental protection and a second on meteorology. It also approved a draft agreement between Saudi Arabia and Guinea that addressed economic, commercial, investment, educational, scientific and technical cooperation.
The Cabinet also endorsed Protocol I and II of the Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict with Regulations for the Execution of the Convention 1954.
A number of appointments were approved, including Ahmed bin Mohammed al-Zughaibi as Ambassador at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Abdulaziz bin Hamza Gazzaz as Ambassador at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and Saeed bin Ali al-Maree as consultant for civil protection at the General Directorate for Civil Defense.