Cabinet: Palestinian situation, Arab unity

March 3, 2008

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


King Abdullah opened the meeting by briefing the Cabinet on his recent contacts and consultations with world leaders and their envoys, in particular talks with King Abdullah II of Jordan and Palestinian Prime Minister Salem Fayyad.

The Cabinet stressed Saudi Arabia’s firm support for the Palestinian people in the face of Israeli aggression and intimidation. It held the international community responsible for Israel’s continuing violation of international law and conventions.

The Cabinet reaffirmed Saudi Arabia’s commitment to Arab unity, and noted that Arab countries’ bilateral relations should support unity, not obstruct it. 

A number of decisions were approved, including a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on political consultation with Poland and the negotiation of a draft MoU on technical and vocational training with the New Zealand International Technical Institute.

On domestic matters, the Cabinet reviewed the progress of 780 Ministry of Education projects currently underway. King Abdullah ordered that the implementation of the projects be expedited.

Also approved were an amendment to Article 8 of the basic statute of the Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma’aden) as well as the final accounts of the Saudi Development Fund for FY 2005.