Cabinet discusses Lebanon, Palestine

March 31, 2008

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh today.

King Abdullah opened the session by briefing the Cabinet on his recent contacts and consultations with world leaders and their envoys. The King reiterated Saudi Arabia’s firm position on serving its national interests, working for Arab unity, supporting joint Islamic institutions and adhering to the principles of human morality shared by peoples, cultures and religions.

Within that context, the Cabinet stressed the Kingdom’s stand on Arab affairs and the importance of implementing the Arab League decision on Lebanon.

The Cabinet outlined several guidelines for dealing with the Palestinian situation: the creation of a national unity government, adherence to the Arab Peace Initiative, learning from previous failures, and recognition among world powers that the Palestinian issue is a global responsibility.

Items approved today included a veterinary agreement with Sudan, a license for Turkey’s Ziraat Bank to open a branch in the Kingdom, a renewal of subsidized tariffs for some GCC goods and the annual report of the Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma’aden) for 2005. The Cabinet also reviewed the progress on 1,242 Ministry of Health projects currently underway.

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