Cabinet highlights the Kingdom’s role in supporting Arab unity

March 24, 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 session by briefing the Cabinet on his consultations over the past week with foreign leaders and their envoys.

The Cabinet stressed the Kingdom’s role in supporting the unity of the Arab world and defending the issues of the Islamic nation. It affirmed that the best way to deal with the Arab and Muslim issues is approach them with sincerity and clarity, adhering to charters and covenants giving priority to the national interest rather than external alliances, and utilizing international relations in a way that serves the country and the Islamic nation.

These principles are the basis of the Kingdom’s position on developments in Palestine, events in Iraq where the foreign presence has entered its fifth year, and the polarization in Lebanon that prevents the country’s political stability and national independence, the Cabinet said.

In remarks to Cabinet members, King Abdullah emphasized that the priority of every Saudi governmental body is the welfare of citizens and providing them opportunities for work and participation in commercial, industrial, cultural and developmental activities. This priority emanates from the state’s adherence to Islam, which calls for justice, fairness, equality, perseverance and the pursuit of knowledge, the King said.

The Cabinet approved the establishment of a new organization called the General Authority for Tourism and Antiquities and reviewed a number of reports on economic and financial conditions. It also approved appointments from the private sector to the Board of Directors of the General Organization for Technical and Vocational Training (GOTEVOT) for a period of three years.

Bilateral agreements approved included a general cooperation accord with Bulgaria, a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a mechanism for political consultation with Morocco, and an agreement on scientific and educational cooperation with Ireland.