2007 News Story

Cabinet praises security forces for counterterrorism efforts

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 contacts and consultations with world leaders and their envoys, as well as representatives of international organizations.

The Cabinet praised Saudi security forces for their efforts to combat terrorism. It also welcomed the successes that have been achieved in curbing terrorism and lauded the Kingdom’s policy that has given militants the opportunity to repent, provided counseling for detainees, tried the militants under Islamic law and limited punishment to their persons.

Furthermore, the Cabinet called on media and cultural organizations to step up their efforts to confront terrorist ideology.

The Cabinet issued a number of decisions today. It authorized the Foreign Minister to sign a draft protocol with Romania on economic, commercial, investment, scientific, technical, culture and sports cooperation; authorized the Minister of Higher Education to negotiate a draft memorandum on scientific and educational cooperation with Portugal; and approved draft agreements with Malaysia and Greece on the avoidance of double taxation.

The Jubail Company for Water and Electricity was approved on the recommendation of the Minister of Commerce and Industry.

Additionally, the Cabinet approved the establishment of two committees to settle insurance disputes, one in Jeddah and one in Dammam. Members of the committees serve renewable three-year terms.

Several appointments were approved, including Hassan bin Muhammad Al-Atas as Director-General of the Technical Department at the Saudi Development Fund; Saad bin Muhammad Abu Melha as Director-General of the Ministry of Civil Service branch in Asir Province; Abdulaziz bin Muhammad Al-Abduljabbar as Director-General of the Ministry of Transport’s Roads and Transport Department for Riyadh Province.