Cabinet urges support for joint Arab institutions

August 11, 2008

Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah today.

On international issues, the Cabinet was briefed on developments in Mauritania and growing violence in Somalia. It urged all parties involved to resolve their differences through reconciliation and put the national interest above partisan affiliations. The Cabinet also stressed the importance of supporting joint Arab institutions that contribute to resolving disputes in the region and avoiding foreign interference.

A number of agreements were approved today. The Cabinet authorized an accord with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on the application of safeguards related to the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty and its attached protocols. It also approved the Kingdom’s accession to the Customs Convention on Containers and authorized a draft air services accord with Uzbekistan.

Turning to domestic issues, the Cabinet approved the establishment of a national center for complementary and alternative medicine within the Ministry of Health. It also reviewed numerous government reports on tourism and youth activities during the summer months.