2005 News Story

Cabinet: Egyptian envoy, London bombings, terrorism, Sudan, Yanbu

Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz today chaired the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers, which expressed its condolences to the leadership and people of the Arab Republic of Egypt, and the family and relatives of Dr Ihab Al-Sharif, Head of the Egyptian Diplomatic Mission in Iraq, denouncing his killing and stressing that this ugly crime has nothing to do with religion and is devoid of morality and humanity as well as harming Islam.

Extending condolences to the families of the victims and commiseration to those wounded in the bombings in London, the Cabinet declared that the Kingdom stands by the United Kingdom in its pursuit of the perpetrators of these acts of terror that resulted in scores of fatalities, injuries to hundreds of innocent people who thought themselves safe, and great damage to property. It called on all Islamic bodies to condemn these terrorist acts and show that they have nothing to do with Islam and its humanitarian call for the brotherhood of all peoples.

Crown Prince Abdullah renewed his call on the international community to intensify its efforts, cooperation and joint action to combat terrorism, dismantle its cells, choke off its sources and confront the extremism and corruption of any ideology that might lead to terrorism; and urged the establishment of an international counter-terrorism center, as proposed by Saudi Arabia, saying this would contribute to opening up a new chapter of active cooperation to create a world free of terrorism.

The Cabinet then expressed its satisfaction over the signing of the constitution in the Sudan and the swearing-in of its President and two Vice-Presidents, with the hope that this step will achieve the aspirations of the Sudanese people in strengthening their national unity, stability and development.

After reviewing the Crown Prince’s recent visit to Yanbu Industrial City, where he initiated a number of projects worth SR 50 billion [U.S. $13.35 billion], the Cabinet turned to its agenda, and passed a number of resolutions, including instructions, based on Shura Council decisions, for the National Commission for Wildlife Conservation and Development (NCWCD) to expedite its plans for protected wildlife areas, which will provide citizens not only with recreational parks but offer job opportunities for local people in those areas; and approval for amendments to the private security guard system including instruction for non-Saudi personnel to be replaced by Saudi nationals within 90 days.