King Abdullah chairs Cabinet session

January 5, 2009

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the Cabinet session held in Riyadh today.


King Abdullah briefed the Cabinet on his extensive consultations with world leaders regarding the current crisis in the Gaza Strip.

The King condemned the flagrant Israeli attacks against the Palestinian people. He highlighted Saudi Arabia’s efforts to end the violence, and its attempts to promote a unified Palestinian leadership.

The Cabinet condemned the weak international response to Israel’s actions and vowed to continue the Saudi policy of assisting the Palestinians in every way possible. The Cabinet declared that the Kingdom will be at the forefront of any Arab or Islamic joint action to resolve the crisis. It appealed to the Palestinian factions to overcome their disagreements, noting that effective Arab-Islamic action is impossible without a unified Palestinian leadership.

The Cabinet then reviewed and approved several agenda items:

The Minister of Interior was authorized to negotiate a draft security cooperation agreement between Saudi Arabia and Singapore. The Cabinet approved a Saudi-French agreement, signed in Riyadh on February 24, 2008, outlining cooperation in the domestic security and civil defense fields.

On the domestic front, the Cabinet approved the draft of the National Project for Dealing with Children with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The Cabinet approved licensing a new stock company called the "International Company for Cooperative Insurance." The Cabinet permitted licensed communications companies in the Kingdom to establish one-personnel companies, provided that they are of limited liability and that their activities are within the licensed area.

The Cabinet approved the appointment of Nasser Al-Aqeel as Administrative Consultant at the Control and Investigation Commission, Mohammed Al-Saleh as Legal Advisor at the Cabinet’s Secretariat General and Abdulaziz Abu-Abat as Minister Plenipotentiary (A) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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