2007 News Story

Cabinet condemns violence in Lebanon

The Vice Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz, chaired the weekly cabinet session in Riyadh today.

The Cabinet welcomed the results of the recent meeting of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) leaders in Riyadh. Crown Prince Sultan also praised the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz’s recent state visit to Morocco, noting that the visit boosts ties between the two countries.

The Cabinet was briefed on the latest developments regarding Palestinian territories and stressed the importance of preserving the unity of the Palestinian ranks and affirming the commitment of the Palestinian leaders to the Makkah Agreement.  The Cabinet condemned the ongoing Israeli aggressions against the Palestinian people and called on the international community to act to revive the peace negotiations.

Addressing the latest developments near Tripoli in Lebanon, the Cabinet expressed regret at the violence at the Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr Al-Barid, noting that it threatens Lebanese security and stability. It reaffirmed the Kingdom’s support for the preservation of Lebanon’s sovereignty, unity, stability and territorial integrity.

Minister of Interior Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz briefed the Cabinet on the GCC ministerial meeting on security cooperation, which was held in Riyadh over the weekend. The Cabinet also welcomed the Kingdom’s election to a permanent seat on the 27-member World Meteorological Organization’s Executive Board.

A number of decisions were approved during the meeting, including a draft accord on civil aviation agreed upon in Damascus in December 2004; flood prevention measures; an agreement on the avoidance of dual taxation with Belarus; and a Ministry of Water and Electricity project.

Finally, the Cabinet approved the appointment of Prince Khalid bin Abdulaziz bin Ayyaf Al-Muqrin as Undersecretary of the National Guard for Afwaj.