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 meetings with Spanish King Juan Carlos and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak last week.
The Cabinet was also briefed on a number of international reports, including revisions to the International Covenant on Iraq and the 18th ministerial meeting of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and the European Union. It welcomed the international treaty on banning cluster bombs, and called on those nations who have not yet signed the agreement to do so.
On Lebanon, the Cabinet expressed the hope that ongoing negotiations would lead to the formation of a national unity government based on independent decision with the goal of protecting the country.
The Cabinet called on Palestinian factions to unify so that they can withstand external efforts to divide the Palestinians, their land and identity.
On Iraq, the Cabinet affirmed the Kingdom’s support for preserving Iraq’s unity, Arab nature and an Iraqi national government that is representative of all Iraqis.
On other issues, the Cabinet authorized Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz to negotiate and sign a draft agreement on defense cooperation with Spain. It also reviewed plans for development projects in Jizan.
In related news, King Abdullah earlier today swore in the new Minister of Social Affairs Dr. Yusuf Al-Othaimeen.