Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the Cabinet's weekly session at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah today.
King Abdullah briefed the Cabinet on the consultations being held by the Kingdom to contain the dangerous crisis in the region and to put an end to Israel’s aggression on Lebanon and its siege of the Palestinians.
The Cabinet stressed that Israel's war on Lebanon, its people, economy and infrastructure, and its targeting and punishing of the civilian population without consideration for international pacts, conventions and norms are only extensions of its occupation policies and hegemony in the region.
The Cabinet affirmed that the international reactions to the all out war launched by Israel demonstrate the extent of the world community’s laxity and disregard for crimes committed by Israel. The absolute support of some countries for Israeli policies has led to the inability of the United Nations Security Council to take a decision in this regard.
The Cabinet noted that the incompetent policies of these countries led to a comprehensive siege of the Palestinian Authority. It added that these policies were aimed at disturbing historical and stable balances in some countries of the region, collapse of social security and the fragmentation of the national unity in one country. Israel has launched a full-scale war on Lebanon and is continuing its captivity of the Palestinian people.
The Cabinet said that the world community, particularly the great powers linked to the region by economic interests, should: shoulder the responsibility of protecting the Lebanese people; move rapidly to halt the Israeli war on Lebanon; end the siege imposed on the Palestinian people and its legitimate institutions; and provide support for the Lebanese government in its efforts to preserve national unity, maintain its sovereignty and exert control over its territory.
The Cabinet affirmed that the Kingdom stands by the legitimate, national and reasonable powers in Lebanon and occupied Palestine to fend off the dangers threatening the unity of the Arab and Muslim nations.
The Cabinet also reviewed its domestic agenda and took the following decisions:
The Cabinet approved an amendment to the Basel Agreement on Controlling Transportation through Boundaries to Dispose Hazardous Materials through Landfill. It also endorsed the formation of a national committee to implement the agreement, to establish and execute a strategy to administer dangerous waste in the Kingdom, to set a plan to monitor and combat the illegal disposal of dangerous waste and to coordinate stances at the international arena.
The Cabinet authorized the Interior Minister or his deputy to discuss a security cooperation draft protocol between Iraq and its neighbors in the field of combating terrorism and organized crime.
The Cabinet authorized the Foreign Minister or his deputy to discuss with the Georgian side a general cooperation draft agreement between the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Georgia.
The Cabinet approved a draft agreement and a draft protocol between the governments of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the People’s Republic of China on avoidance of a dual taxation on taxes of income and capital and on prevention of tax evasion.
The Cabinet endorsed a draft agreement on agricultural cooperation between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the People’s Republic of China.