Cabinet calls on Muslim nations to foster Islamic unity

February 4, 2008

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting at the Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh today.

King Abdullah opened the meeting by briefing the Cabinet on his recent contacts and consultations on bilateral, regional and international issues.

The Cabinet highlighted Saudi Arabia’s ongoing efforts to promote unity in the Arab world and Muslim nation, as well as its efforts to resolve the crises that threaten the development of both. It called on all Muslim countries to assume their responsibilities, commit to the values and principles of Islam and to seek unity of the Islamic nation. In addition, the Cabinet stressed the responsibility of the world’s powers to uphold international law.

Turning to domestic matters, the Cabinet welcomed King Abdullah’s decision to change the name of the King Abdulaziz and His Companions Foundation for the Gifted and expand its scope. The foundation’s new name will be the King Abdulaziz and His Companions Foundation for Talent and Creativity.

A number of decisions were approved today. The Cabinet authorized the negotiation of an agreement on fighting crime with South Korea and the signing of a memorandum of cooperation between the Supreme Tourism Commission and the Metropolitan Museum in New York. It also approved the establishment of diplomatic relations (non-resident Ambassador) between Saudi Arabia and Barbados, El Salvador, Liechtenstein and the Dominican Republic.

The Cabinet approved the establishment of a Health Endowment Fund that will contribute to health care research and prevention programs. The Fund aims to encourage charitable donations in the field of health care.