Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah today.
King Abdullah opened the meeting by briefing the Cabinet on his recent meetings and consultations with world leaders and their envoys. He praised the visit by King Abdullah II of Jordan and the close relations between the two countries. In his briefing to the Cabinet, the King also stressed that Saudi Arabia has sought to serve the Muslim nation and unify the Arab world in the interest of stability and prosperity.
The Cabinet said that Saudi Arabia has closely followed developments in the region. Addressing the situation in Palestine, the Cabinet warned against policies that aim to exploit internal division in order to usurp the rights of the Palestinian people. It affirmed that the way to peace is through regaining the rights of the Palestinian people and Palestinian unity.
On other regional issues, the Cabinet expressed the hope that Iraq would achieve national unity. It also welcomed the success of the Lebanese army in wiping out a center of violence and terrorism, and emphasized the importance of an independent Lebanon without foreign intervention
The Cabinet approved a number of items today, including Saudi Arabia’s $250 million contribution to the Arab Gulf Programme for United Nations Development Organizations (AGFUND) at a rate of $25 million per year for ten years. It also approved a memorandum on scientific and educational cooperation with Azerbaijan and authorized the establishment of the Saudi Association for Organic Farming.