King Abdullah chairs weekly Cabinet session

April 13, 2009

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz began the Cabinet session in Riyadh today by briefing the Cabinet on his latest meetings with foreign leaders, including Bahraini Prime Minister Sheikh Khalifa Al-Khalifa and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Then Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal described the outcome of the Arab League Foreign Ministers’ meeting held in Amman on Saturday. He noted that there was a strong consensus on the need for a united Arab stand regarding the peace process with Israel, based on the Arab Peace Initiative. The Cabinet denounced the recent provocative statements made by members of Israel’s new government.

Conversely, the ministers welcomed U.S. President Barack Obama’s statements during his trip to Turkey emphasizing the importance of creating a partnership with the Islamic world based on common interests and mutual respect.

Touching on other topics, the Cabinet denounced the recent bombings in Iraq; called on all Lebanese factions to work for peaceful elections; stressed the strength of Saudi-British relations, as demonstrated during last week’s "Two Kingdoms’ Dialogue"; lauded the government’s continuing support for domestic infrastructure projects; approved the organization of the National Committee for Fighting Narcotics; authorized the President of the General Authority for Civil Aviation to sign a draft agreement on regular air transport services with Switzerland; approved the re-formation of the Council of Diplomatic Studies; and allowed the establishment of the Saudi Company for Agricultural Investment and Animal Production.

The Cabinet approved the appointment of Fahd Almoa’mar as Director General of Administrative and Financial Affairs at the Ministry of Defense, Aviation and General Inspection; Sultan Alsaegh as Minister Plenipotentiary at the Foreign Ministry; Abdullah Alrakban as Director General of University Relations and International Cooperation at the Ministry of Higher Education; Saad Alhaqqan as Director General of Information Technology at the Ministry of Higher Education; and Mohammad Miqhem as Director General of Administrative and Financial Affairs at the Control and Investigation Board. All appointments were made at the 14th rank.

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