Cabinet welcomes election of Lebanese president

May 26, 2008

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

King Abdullah opened the meeting by briefing the Cabinet on his meeting with Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) leaders in Dammam last week, which focused on boosting GCC cooperation, Islamic unity, and support for Arab issues.

On foreign policy issues, the Cabinet welcomed the election of Gen. Michel Suleiman as president of Lebanon yesterday. It reiterated Saudi support for Lebanon’s unity, independent decision-making, its legitimate institutions and noninterference in Lebanese internal affairs.

Turning to domestic issues, the Cabinet highlighted the importance of the industrial and education projects launched by King Abdullah in the Eastern Province this past week, projects that are indicative of the Kingdom’s focus on development and citizen services. It also noted the 75th anniversary of national oil company Saudi Aramco.

A number of items were approved today, including a Memorandum of Understanding on health cooperation and an agreement on mutual recognition of drivers’ licenses with Spain.

The Cabinet also approved the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly in December 2006.