Deputy Crown Prince Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz chaired the Cabinet session at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah this afternoon. At the outset, the Council was briefed the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz’s telephone call with Prime Minister David Cameron of Great Britain and reviewed the latest regional and international developments. The Cabinet expressed its sorrow over the continuing tragic events in the occupied Palestinian territories and a number of Arab countries.
The Cabinet renewed the Kingdom’s appeals and repeated calls for the international community to shoulder its humanitarian and ethical responsibilities to stop the bloodshed, and assume an active role ensuring a decent life for all peoples to be able to achieve the purposes of heavenly religions. In this context, the Cabinet appreciated the statement by the Kingdom’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al-AsShaikh, who is also Chairman of the Council of Senior Ulema (religious scholars) and the General Presidency of Scholarly Research and Ifta, in which he restated the great purposes of the Islamic religion which is characterized by tolerance, convenience and moderation. In his statement, Grand Mufti cited the circumstances that are prevailing in the Islamic nation which have disrupted many nations and many ideas. Sheikh Al-AsShaikh said that the most dangerous ideas are those marketed in the name of religion to earn holiness for which lives are sacrificed. The Grand Mufti warned Muslims against division and the ideas of extremism, militancy and terrorism which spoil the world and are not of Islam.
The Cabinet condemned the terrorist attack that targeted worshipers at a mosque in Diyala Governorate in Iraq which claimed the lives of dozens of innocent people and reiterated the Kingdom's denunciation and condemnation of all acts of terrorism and called for concerted efforts to eradicate terrorism whatever its source and location.
The Cabinet welcomed the United States' tribute to the efforts of the Kingdom in the fight against terrorism. The Cabinet also appreciated the thanks by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for the Kingdom’s generous assistance through which the World Food Programme succeeded in providing food aid to hundreds of thousands of displaced Iraqis.
On domestic affairs, Cabinet discussed a number of topics and took the following decisions: approved a defense cooperation agreement with Poland, signed in Riyadh on 5-2-1435H; approved the Kingdom’s accession to The Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance In Tax Matters and Amending Protocol, which entered into force on June 1, 2011; approved the final accounts of the Saudi Wildlife Commission for fiscal years (1432/1433 H.) and (1433/1434 H); and approved the Kingdom's accession to Agreement on the International Carriage of Perishable Foodstuffs and on the Special Equipment to be Used for such Carriage (ATP).