King Abdullah chairs Cabinet session

February 2, 2009

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the weekly Cabinet session today in Riyadh, during which he summed up his latest consultations with world leaders and reviewed the situation in the Gaza Strip.


The Cabinet noted that it has been monitoring developments in Gaza since the declaration of a cease fire between Israel and Hamas last month. The ministers stressed the importance of Arab unity in the face of external threats and appealed to the Palestinian factions to reconcile. The Palestinian, said the Cabinet, must adopt a form of resistance that unifies people, establishes legitimate institutions, preserves human lives, ensures legitimate rights and consecrates legal, political, civil and economic efforts to confront Israeli policies.

The Cabinet expressed appreciation for King Abdullah’s patronization of the Forum of Social Partnership and Responsibility between the Public and Private Sectors. The ministers pointed out that Islam pioneered charitable endowment institutions, which represent the participation of all to achieve social equity and cohesion in the community.

The Cabinet approved the national strategy for industry and the mechanisms of its implementation. In addition, three authorizations were approved, allowing the President of the Saudi Red Crescent Authority to sign a draft cooperation agreement with the Arab Organization for Traffic Safety; the Minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowment, Call and Guidance to sign a draft memorandum of understanding with the Tunisian Ministry of Religious Affairs; and the Minister of Transportation to sign a draft cooperation agreement in the field of maritime transport with Turkey.

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