King Abdullah chairs Cabinet session (7/18/11)

July 18, 2011

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz began the Cabinet session at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah today with a briefing on his latest contacts with foreign leaders, describing meetings with Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir, Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr Al-Thani, and Arab League Secretary General Dr. Nabil Al-Arabi; telephone calls with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and French President Nicolas Sarkozy; and a message from Gambian President Yahya Jammeh.

Then, the Cabinet discussed a number of reports on the latest developments in the Arab world. The ministers welcomed the establishment of the state of South Sudan and declared the Kingdom’s readiness to establish diplomatic relations with the new country. Furthermore, they expressed the hope that peace and mutual respect will prevail between Sudan and South Sudan, in order to achieve prosperity and stability in the region.

Next, the Cabinet hailed the efforts exerted by the Ministerial Committee on the Arab Peace Initiative, which has worked to mobilize international support for the recognition of the State of Palestine, in accordance with the June 4, 1967 borders and with Eastern Jerusalem as its capital, and to achieve full U.N. membership for Palestine. The ministers called upon the international community to take a firm stance to compel Israel to respect international law and to withdraw completely from all Arab territories occupied in 1967.

The Cabinet also condemned the blasts that killed a number of people in Mumbai, India last week. It renewed the Kingdom’s condemnation of all forms of terrorism and offered condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the Indian government and people.

Turning to its weekly agenda, the Cabinet approved the final accounts of the Saudi Wildlife Commission for fiscal year 1430/1431 H.; approved the Reference Model of the Convention on the Transfer of Persons Sentenced to Deprivation of Freedom between the Kingdom and the countries with whom cooperation in this field is of interest; approved a number of measures pertaining to the draft Universal Declaration of Human Duties; authorized the Minister of Higher Education to sign a project to train Saudi medical specialists in France under the cooperation agreement in the field of higher education and scientific research; and approved a memorandum of understanding between the Saudi Ministry of Health and the Canadian Ministry of Health and Public Health Agency.

The Cabinet approved the appointments of Dr. Sulaiman Al-Turki as Economic Adviser at the Ministry of Finance (15th rank); Abdulaziz Al-Thweini as Director General of Rights at the Ministry of Interior (14th rank); and Obeidallah Al-Sanaa as Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry for Audit at the Ministry of Civil Service (14th rank).

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