Cabinet urges international community to move the peace process forward

February 18, 2008

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting in Rawdhat Khuraim today. King Abdullah opened the session by briefing the Cabinet on his recent contacts and consultations with world leaders and their envoys.

Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz in turn briefed the Cabinet on the 25th Arab Interior Ministers Council held recently in Tunisia. Prince Nayef stressed the importance of implementing the Council’s recommendations, including an Arab strategy for security, civil protection, counter-narcotics, and counterterrorism, including the establishment of an international counterterrorism center as proposed by King Abdullah in 2005.

On international issues, the Cabinet again condemned Israel for its ongoing aggression against the Palestinian people as well as its construction of new settlements in East Jerusalem, a policy that undermines the peace process. The Cabinet also denounced Israel’s military escalation and the killing of innocent civilians in Gaza’s Bureij refugee camp. It called on the UN, the US and the international community as a whole to stop Israel’s aggression and move the peace process forward.

The Cabinet reaffirmed Saudi Arabia’s support for international agreements to which it is a signatory, in particular accords to reduce climate change. The Cabinet also welcomed Saudi Arabia’s pledge to donate $300 million for a center devoted to the energy, environment and climate change research.

A number of decisions were issued, including Saudi Arabia’s accession to the Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, their Parts and Components and Ammunition, part of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime. It also approved the negotiation of an air transport agreement with Kuwait as well as government appointments.