Cabinet: Palestinians, Lebanon, environmental health project

February 11, 2008

Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh today.

Crown Prince Sultan opened the meeting by briefing the Cabinet on Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz’s recent contacts and consultations with world leaders and their envoys.

The Cabinet said that it was following the situation in Palestine with concern. It condemned Israeli aggressions against innocent civilians in the West Bank and Gaza and called on the international community to protect the Palestinian people.

The Cabinet expressed the hope that a recent visit to the region by Quartet envoy Tony Blair would play a positive role in ending the blockade of Gaza and restarting the peace process. It also reaffirmed Saudi Arabia’s support for all efforts to move the peace process forward and achieve global stability.

On Lebanon, the Cabinet urged all Lebanese parties to return to dialogue and implement the Arab League initiative to resolve the political crisis there.
The Cabinet authorized an air transport services agreement with Ghana and an agreement with Pakistan regarding the transfer of individuals sentenced to prison terms.

It also approved a Ministry of Health project on environmental health and the disposal of hazardous medical waste. It stipulated that the General Presidency of Meteorology and Environmental Protection would monitor companies that handle hazardous waste. In addition, it referred the matter of establishing a company to treat waste to the Ministry of Commerce and the General Investment Authority, noting that a study should examineo the feasibility of such a company and the possibility of consolidating existing companies into the new proposed one.

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