King Abdullah chairs Cabinet session (6/24/13)

June 24, 2013

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the Cabinet session at his palace in Jeddah this afternoon. At the outset of the session, the Cabinet welcomed the royal order issued by the King designating Friday and Saturday to be the weekend for governmental bodies and national institutions. It predicted that the move will improve the Kingdom’s position by better aligning its work week with that of other countries.

Next, the Cabinet was briefed on regional and international affairs, including developments in Palestine, Syria and Lebanon. The ministers pointed out the continued aggression carried out by Israeli occupation authorities against the Palestinians, involving land confiscation, settlement building, excavation of holy sites and attempts to Judaize Al-Quds [Jerusalem], and demanded that the international community do its part to stop such attacks.

The Cabinet also denounced the systematic destruction and displacement of the Syrian people and condemned the foreign interference that threatens the unity of Syria and undermines efforts to end the crisis. It highlighted the statements issued after the Group of 8 (G-8) Summit in Northern Ireland and the Ministerial Meeting of the Group of Friends of Syria in Doha in this regard. On Lebanon, the ministers expressed deep concern over the events in the country’s south, especially the city of Sidon, and called on all parties to deescalate the situation and end the violence in order to preserve stability and security.

On the domestic front, the Cabinet expressed its appreciation for the efforts and sacrifices made by the Kingdom’s security forces to protect the safety of the Saudi people.

Turning to its remaining agenda items, the Cabinet approved the Statute of the Center for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) States for the Management of Emergencies, which was approved by the GCC Ministerial Council at its 121st session; authorized the Minister of Interior to sign a draft arrangement on cooperation in the field of combatting crime with the government of Burkina Faso; and authorized the Minister of Finance to sign two draft agreements to prevent double taxation and tax evasion with Mexico and Albania.