King Abdullah chairs Cabinet session

August 23, 2010

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz began the Cabinet session at Al-Salam palace in Jeddah this evening with a briefing on his contacts last week with foreign leaders. These included a visit from Jordanian King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein and telephone conversations with UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zaid Al-Nahyan and Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The Cabinet reviewed regional and international developments, confirming that the Kingdom will spare no effort in supporting flood-ravaged Pakistan. It praised the humanitarian initiatives already ordered by King Abdullah, including the dispatch of aid supplies, field hospitals and rescue teams, in addition to the donation of millions of dollars to Pakistan.

On the Iraqi issue, the Council reiterated the Kingdom’s call for the Iraqi people to close ranks and give priority to the national interest by forming a reconciliatory government that helps them to achieve a unified, independent and stable country.

The Cabinet also welcomed the decision to resume direct peace negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis in Washington on September 2.

Turning to its agenda items, the Cabinet approved a memorandum of understanding signed in Doha on February 22, 2010; approved a scientific and educational memorandum of understanding between the Saudi Ministry of Higher Education and the Moroccan Ministry of National Education and Higher Education, Framework Formation and Scientific Study, signed in Riyadh on January 5, 2010; transferred responsibility for the Ein Zubaida water springs from the Ministry of Water and Electricity to the General Commission for Endowments; approved the accession of the Kingdom to the Metric Convention, signed in Paris on May 20, 1875; and approved the ethics of studying living creatures.