2006 News Story

Cabinet: King Abdullah's call for tolerance; Danish cartoons, Israel-Palestine

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh today.

At the beginning of the session, King Abdullah briefed the Cabinet on his meetings and consultations with world leaders and their envoys.

In a statement following the meeting, Minister of Culture and Information Iyad Madani said that the Cabinet considered with great interest the apologies given by various Danish entities for the publication of blasphemous cartoons in a Danish paper.

The Cabinet also commended King Abdullah's speech to guests of the National Guard at the National Culture and Heritage Festival. In his speech, the King condemned the idea of a clash of civilizations and called for a constructive and peaceful coexistence among them. The Monarch also demanded that the next stage in relations between nations be a stage of real dialogue dominated by mutual respect, including respect for religion and identity. The King called on intellectuals and thinkers to highlight the real image of the nation: one of tolerance, justice and moderation.

Turning to the Palestinian situation, the Cabinet stressed the importance of respecting the will of the Palestinian people, and condemned Israel for withholding funds from the Palestinian Authority. The Cabinet expressed the hope that the peace process would continue according to UN resolutions, the Arab Peace Initiative and the road map for peace.

The Cabinet also approved appointments, including Abdullah bin Ali bin Mohammed Milfy as Consultant on Employment and Job Classification at the Ministry of Civil Service; Ibrahim bin Saleh bin Mohammed Al-Jihaiman as Assistant Undersecretary for Employment and Job Classification at the Ministry of Civil Service; and Dr Abdullah bin Saleh bin Mohammed Al-Miqbel as Director General of the office of the Minister of Education.