2006 News Story

Cabinet: Lebanon, arrests of militants

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

The King opened the meeting by briefing the Cabinet on his meetings and consultations with world leaders and their envoys.

Commenting on the situation in Lebanon, King Abdullah emphasized the need for the Lebanese people to unite to strengthen the country’s security and stability. The King reaffirmed Saudi support for Lebanon and warned that a continuation of the current circumstances would harm Lebanon’s stability, prosperity, national unity and the independence of its political decisions.

In a statement, Minister of Culture and Information Iyad Madani said that the Cabinet welcomes the upcoming summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Supreme Council in Riyadh. The Cabinet expressed the hope that the summit would have positive and practical results in the areas of joint Gulf action, unified Arab efforts as well as regional security and stability.

Turning to domestic matters, the Cabinet expressed appreciation for the efforts of the Kingdom’s security forces to track down militants and carry out preemptive security operations throughout the country. These operations have led to the apprehension of a number of suspects who had committed themselves to harming the Kingdom’s security and resources. All people are responsible for confronting the sources of deviant thought that defame Islam and harm the homeland, the Cabinet stated.

The Cabinet issued a number of decisions. It approved items agreed upon by the GCC economic and financial ministerial committee in Abu Dhabi earlier this year concerning the exemption of imported coal and wood from customs duties. The Cabinet also endorsed a resolution of the GCC summit held in Bahrain that aims to regulate the production, import and circulation of pesticides.