2007 News Story

Cabinet welcomes Quartet support for the Palestinian unity government

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh today. He opened the meeting by briefing the Cabinet on his recent meetings and consultations with world leaders and their envoys, noting in particular his meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The Cabinet reviewed the talks held by the Quartet (the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations) on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Berlin this past week. It welcomed Quartet members’ statements of support for the Palestinian unity government, and expressed the hope that the blockade imposed on the Palestinian people and their legitimate institutions would be lifted.

The Cabinet commended the extraordinary meeting held by Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) foreign ministers to discuss the Israeli excavations near Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque, and noted that the OIC should play a major role in preserving the historic nature of Al-Quds.

In addition, the Cabinet welcomed the Arab-Spanish political conference held in Madrid last week.

Turning to domestic items, the Cabinet approved the appointments of the chairman and members of the board of the Jeddah Company for Development and Construction Promotion. Jeddah Mayor Adel bin Muhammad Faqih was named chairman. Five officials from various government ministries and five members of the private sector were named to the ten-member board.

The Cabinet approved the establishment of a new Saudi stock company, Ra’ed, which is wholly owned by the Pension General Corporation. It also reviewed a Ministry of Economy and Planning report on the progress of 88 development projects financed by the budget surplus in previous years, and approved the final accounts of the General Corporation for Grain Silos and Flour Mills.

Appointments approved today included Mohammed bin Mohammed bin Bakr Albakr as Administrative Consultant at the Commission of Control and investigation; Homoud bin Ibrahim Fahd Al-Nuzha as Assistant Director General of the General Department for Annuities at the Ministry of Finance; and Eng. Fahd bin Sultan bin Abdullah bin Huraib as energy expert at the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology.