Cabinet calls for international action on Palestine

May 5, 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 meetings with world leaders and their envoys, in particular Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

The Cabinet called on countries with influence to shoulder their responsibilities towards the Palestinian people. It urged the Quartet to turn its statements on Palestinian rights into reality and to confront Israeli policies such as settlement expansion and the separation wall.
Turning to domestic issues, the Cabinet approved mechanisms to address the increase in prices of foodstuffs and goods in the Kingdom. These mechanisms include a public awareness campaign to promote conserving consumption, the construction of private warehouses to store foodstuffs as well as studies and agreements related to agricultural investment and infrastructure projects.
The Cabinet also approved procedures for the granting of national awards by government ministries. It also authorized the appointment of seven members to the Board of Directors for the General Commission for Tourism and Antiquities for three-year terms.