Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah today.
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz is currently in Morocco on a private visit.
The Cabinet welcomed recent efforts to enhance relations with Qatar, in particular the July 6 agreements to demarcate their border and establish the Saudi-Qatari Joint Coordination Council.
On the Palestinian situation, the Cabinet reiterated Saudi Arabia’s condemnation of Israeli actions against the Palestinian people, especially the raids of Palestinian cities and towns. It called on the international community to confront Israel and bring peace, security and stability to the region.
Regarding Lebanon, the Cabinet urged the Lebanese people to adhere to the Doha agreement, support the governmental institutions and achieve peace. It also approved a political cooperation agreement with Brazil.
Turning to domestic issues, the Cabinet welcomed the growth in the Kingdom’s non-oil exports in the first quarter of 2008, a 21 percent increase over the first quarter of last year.
In addition, the Cabinet approved the establishment of an independent center for measuring the performance of government agencies as well as a number of procedures related to assessing their performance.