2007 News Story

Cabinet lauds successful Saudi counterterrorism operations

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 recent meetings and consultations with world leaders and their envoys, in particular Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who both visited the Kingdom this past week.

The Cabinet praised the Saudi security forces and their successful efforts to foil terrorist attacks. It also lauded the public support for the Kingdom’s counterterrorism efforts, and urged the public to be alert to the threat of terrorism and the falseness of the deviant ideology. Terrorism must be fought at all levels: family, word, advice fatwa and social work, the Cabinet said. It emphasized the Kingdom’s firm opposition to policies that seek to transform the region into a breeding ground for terrorists.

Minister of Economy and Planning Khalid Al-Quseibi briefed the Cabinet on the Kingdom’s progress in meeting the UN’s Millennium Development Goals, which it is doing well ahead of schedule.

The Cabinet banned certain kinds of ammonia, calcium, potassium and magnesium nitrates in their solid forms from agricultural use. The liquid form of the compounds was not banned. The Cabinet stipulated that four companies are legally permitted to import the items and sell them to farmers that have been authorized to use them by the Ministry of Agriculture.