2007 News Story

Cabinet meeting focuses on Iraq and Lebanon

Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh today.

The Crown Prince opened the meeting by briefing the Cabinet on the Kingdom’s international consultations concerning tensions in the region, particularly the situations in Palestine, Iraq, Lebanon as well as events in Sudan and Somalia.

On the Palestinian issue, the Cabinet again emphasized the importance of unity among the Palestinians, and stressed that the focus should be on alleviating the suffering of the Palestinian people and achieving a Palestinian state according to international law and the Arab Peace Initiative.

On Iraq, the Cabinet emphasized the need to preserve Iraq’s unity. It also expressed sadness at the ongoing terrorist acts in Iraq that kill innocent people.

Turning to Lebanon, the Crown Prince appealed to the various Lebanese factions to respond to efforts by Arab League as well as other countries to end the crisis there. He called on them to work together to defuse tension in order to avoid the disagreement that threatens their country. The Crown Prince also called for the preservation of Lebanon’s security, stability and sovereignty.

Regarding the Hajj, the Crown Prince gave thanks that the pilgrims were able to perform the rituals easily and comfortably. He also expressed appreciation to the various organizations that contributed to the successful Hajj.

The Cabinet reviewed a number of local items on its agenda and issued several decisions. It authorized the chief of the General Authority for Civil Aviation to continue negotiating an agreement on air transportation services with Russia; authorized the Minister of Interior to negotiate a draft agreement on fighting crime with South Africa; approved a draft Memorandum of Understanding on political cooperation with Pakistan; and authorized the Minister of Justice to negotiate agreements with Egypt and Singapore, respectively.  It also approved amendments to the traffic system concerning vehicle insurance.

The Cabinet approved a number of appointments, including: Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Al-Yahya as Director General of the General Department for Annuities at the Ministry of Finance; Salih Bin Abdullah Al-Shuwairekh as Director General of the Consultants Department at the General Control Commission; Dr. Suleiman bin Hamad Al-Turki as Economic Consultant at the Ministry of Finance; and Eng. Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Nasser as Deputy Director General for Technical Affairs at the Water Department, Riyadh Province.