King Abdullah chairs Cabinet session

January 26, 2009

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the Cabinet’s session in Riyadh today where he briefed the Cabinet on his latest consultations with world leaders and last week’s Arab Economic, Developmental and Social Summit which was held in Kuwait under the theme "Summit of Solidarity with the Palestinian people."


King Abdullah briefed the cabinet on his telephone conversations with U.S. President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. During the conversations, the King stressed the injustice of Israel’s collective punishment of the Palestinians people in disregard of humanitarian values and international resolutions.

The Cabinet called for a comprehensive investigation into Israel’s crimes in Gaza.  The ministers emphasized that Israel had a chance for peace through the Arab Peace Initiative put forward at the Beirut Summit in 2002.  The Cabinet reemphasized King Abdullah statement in Kuwait that the "initiative which is on the table today will not remain on the table forever."

The Cabinet approved an agreement between Saudi Arabia and China, signed in Jeddah on June 11, 2008, for enhancing cooperation in the field of infrastructure building; approved the regulation of the Agricultural Development Fund and authorized the Minister of Agriculture, or his deputy, to sign a draft cooperation agreement between the Saudi Ministry of Agriculture and the Tunisian Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources.  The Cabinet also renewed memberships and made new appointments to the Board of Directors of the Grain Silos and Flour Mills Organization.

The Cabinet approved the appointments of Abdulkarim Al-Aidan as Case Affairs Adviser at the Riyadh Region Governorate, Saad Al-Saidan as Tax Advisor at the Department of Zakat and Income Tax (DZIT), Dr. Saad Al-Faheed as Assistant Undersecretary for Planning and Development at the Ministry of Education, and Abdulkarim Al-Hugail as Director General of Girls Education in Riyadh Province at the Ministry of Education.

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