2006 News Story

Cabinet: King Abdullah’s tour, Palestinian situation

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting in Jizan today. The King opened the session by briefing the Cabinet on his contacts and consultations with world leaders.

In a statement, Minister of Culture and Information Iyad Madani said that King Abdullah highlighted the importance of his tour of Najran, Asir and Jizan and the development projects being launched in each province. The King called on all government entities to pay attention to all of the Kingdom’s provinces. He stressed that growth, development and reform must be accomplished and that there is no room for negligence.

King Abdullah also expressed his appreciation for the citizens’ sincerity, which embody the unity and loyalty that is deeply rooted in Saudi Arabia. Additionally, he thanked the Saudi armed forces for their continued defense of the country and both public and private sector organizations that promote development plans and programs.

The Cabinet also emphasized that government agencies have been running according to the vision and directives of the King.

Turning to foreign affairs, the Cabinet followed with great concern events in Palestine, Israeli practices against the Palestinian people and the international community’s total absence from the Palestinian issue. The Cabinet stressed the urgent need for an international conference attended by all parties to put an end to Israeli aggressions and restart the peace process in line with the Arab Peace Initiative and international law.

On domestic issues, the Cabinet reviewed several development projects in Asir, Jizan and Najran currently underway. The projects include road construction, drainage, water projects and desalination.