Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting in Riyadh today.
King Abdullah opened the meeting by briefing the Cabinet on his talks this past week with Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
Turning to King Abdullah’s upcoming trip to the United States, the Cabinet discussed the interfaith dialogue conference at the United Nations in New York November 12-13. It emphasized the importance of dialogue among the religions and cultures of the world in resolving global crises.
The Cabinet also discussed the Kingdom’s participation in the G-20 economic summit to be held in Washington November 14-15. At the meeting, King Abdullah will seek to present the Saudi perspective on the global financial crisis and stress the importance of reviewing the way international banks are monitored. He will also discuss the need to rethink the way global financial institutions operate in light of the current economic reality.
On women’s issues, the Cabinet welcomed the groundbreaking of the Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University for Girls in Riyadh. It emphasized the government’s resolve to protect the rights of women and prevent violence against them, noting that royal decrees have been issued to safeguard women’s rights in the judiciary and avoid delays in this regard.
A number of agreements were authorized, including a civil defense cooperation agreement with Egypt and political consultation accords with Algeria and Finland.
The Cabinet also licensed the formation of a holding company for the development of education and authorized the issuance of credit support for a Yanbu water and electricity project.