2006 News Story

Cabinet: Kingdom’s policies on Arab issues

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting in Jeddah today.

The King opened the meeting by briefing the Cabinet on his meetings and consultations concerning the situation in the region. He highlighted the importance of his talks with King Abdullah II of Jordan and the shared viewpoints of the two countries.

King Abdullah stressed that due to its understanding of Arab and Islamic issues, the Kingdom seeks comprehensive solutions to the problems that are threatening the security and stability of the region and the world, including the stalled peace process, the tragedies suffered by the Iraqi people and the development of the situation in Lebanon and Palestine. The Kingdom’s efforts in this regard are based on its values, the interests of the Arab people and the desire for peace regardless of personal interest.

In a statement, Minister of Culture and Information Iyad Madani said the Cabinet emphasized that the Kingdom’s policies on international and regional issues, its moderate oil policy, its openness to foreign investment and its educational development reflect King Abdullah’s strategic vision that Saudi Arabia is a Muslim state that serves all its citizens.

Indeed, Madani said that the Cabinet had adopted the King’s statement “Who are we without the Saudi citizen?” as a framework for the government.

The Cabinet approved a number of items, including recommendations for the 53rd Protocol on circulating official documents; an amendment to the Civil Status System concerning the loss of national identity cards; draft agreements on commercial, science and technology, and health cooperation and with Poland.

The Cabinet also made a number of appointments, including renewing the memberships of Abdulaziz bin Zaid Alghuraishi, Mohammed Obeid bin Zagar, and Abdulaziz Bin Mohammed Al-Athil to the Board of Directors of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency for five years, retroactive from April 11, 2006.