2006 News Story

King Abdullah Chairs Cabinet’s Session

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired a Cabinet session Monday at Riyadh’s Al-Yamamah Palace. At the outset of the session, the king briefed the Cabinet on his contacts and consultations of the previous few days with various world leaders. He noted that his meeting with Slovenia’s premier and the agreements signed between them demonstrate the two countries’ desire to enhance bilateral economic and commercial cooperation.

After the session, the Minister of State and Cabinet Member for the Shoura Council Dr. Saud bin Saeed al-Muthami, who is also Acting Minister of Culture and Information, told reporters that the Cabinet renewed Saudi Arabia’s condemnation of Israel’s aggression against the Palestinian people, saying that Israel had committed a brutal attacks resulting in the deaths of innocent civilians, including women, children, and the elderly. The Cabinet reiterated the Kingdom’s support for the Palestinian people and called on the world community to move quickly to put an end to Israel’s aggression, emphasizing the necessity to hold an international conference on the matter.

The Cabinet stressed that all countries should cooperate to enhance respect for international law and the protection of civilians worldwide. The Cabinet regrets the US veto of the UN Security Council resolution denouncing Israel’s actions against the Palestinians. The Cabinet believes the veto will only encourage Israel to continue to impede any progress toward peace and continue its aggression against the Palestinian people.

The Cabinet expressed its sadness over the daily escalation of bloodshed in Iraq, emphasizing that Iraq’s security and stability will be achieved only when all Iraqis cooperate and combine their efforts toward Iraqi unity and territorial integrity.

Dr. al-Muthami also announced that the Cabinet was briefed on the outcome of Riyadh’s 1st international competition forum entitled “Information Technology Stimulates Competition.” Saudi Arabia initiated the forum to emphasize the importance of providing the right climate for private investment and to intensify efforts to improve the climate of local and foreign investment within the framework of the kingdom’s general economic reform and modernization.

Dr. Saud listed the local items that the Cabinet had reviewed and the following decisions that were taken:

Upon recommendation of the Minister of Commerce and Industry, the Cabinet approved setting up a new stock company under the name Jeddah Company for Development and Constructional Promotion.

The Cabinet approved the appointment of Ibrahim bin Ali Ibrahim al-Hassan as administrative consultant at the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, and Yousef bin Saad bin Ibrahim al-Shethri as administrative consultant to the Ministry of Defense and Aviation.