Cabinet reviews King Abdullah’s trip to the US

November 17, 2008

Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz chaired the Cabinet’s session in Riyadh today.


Several ministers praised the outcome of last week’s UN interfaith dialogue conference in New York. The November 12-13 meeting was held at the initiative of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz. The Cabinet affirmed the King’s rejection of religious fanaticism and his focus on the commonalities of all faiths.

The Cabinet also discussed Saudi participation in Saturday’s G-20 economic summit in Washington, DC. The ministers agreed with King Abdullah’s assessment that the current economic crisis is the result of inadequate global financial regulation. They reiterated Saudi Arabia’s commitment to ensuring the stability of the oil market and assisting developing nations.

On another subject, the Cabinet expressed satisfaction over Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir’s announcement of a ceasefire in the Darfur region.

The Cabinet then approved several measures, including: a bilateral air transport services deal with Eritrea, a draft agreement on prisoner transfers with Sudan, an authorization to import Palestinian goods and a proposal regarding technical and vocational training exchanges with Britain and France. Several appointments were also approved.

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