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 session by briefing the Cabinet on his recent contacts and consultations with world leaders and their envoys, in particular Bahraini King Hamad Al-Khalifa’s visit to Saudi Arabia.
The Cabinet highlighted the importance of the 11th Islamic Summit, which is scheduled to begin Thursday in Dakar, Senegal. The summit is especially significant in light of the challenges being faced by the Islamic world, the Cabinet noted. It expressed Saudi Arabia’s desire that the summit lead to Islamic unity to help address those challenges.
The Cabinet reviewed the meeting of Arab foreign ministers in Cairo last week. In the meeting, the ministers stressed the Arab commitment to a just and comprehensive resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and rejected unilateral Israeli actions as well as any effort to disrupt Palestinian unity.
Turning to domestic issues, the Cabinet welcomed recent cultural events in Saudi Arabia, including the Jenadriyah Festival for Heritage and Culture, the presentation of the King Faisal International Prizes, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Translation and the Riyadh book fair. These events demonstrate that the Kingdom has become an arena for cultural and scientific activities and a center of Arab, Islamic and international culture.
A number of items were approved, including Memoranda of Understanding on sports and health cooperation with Poland and a draft agreement with Sweden on the promotion and protection of mutual investments.
In related Cabinet news, new Minister of Commerce and Industry Abdullah Zainal Alireza was sworn in today by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz. Zainal was appointed to the post March 3.