Cabinet reviews situations in Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine and Somalia

April 21, 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, in particular his talks with King Abdullah II of Jordan last week. The visit affirmed the close relations between the two countries and their shared positions in support of Arab and Islamic issues, the King said.

The Cabinet stressed its continued support for Iraqi unity, and reiterated the Kingdom’s opposition to any attempts to divide the Iraqi people.

On Lebanon, the Cabinet emphasized that Saudi Arabia does not favor one faction over another. It called on the Lebanese people to unite the country and withstand efforts to dominate Lebanon or allow regional influence contrary to national and Islamic unity.

Turning to Palestine, the Cabinet urged Palestinian leaders to achieve a national unity government based on agreed-upon covenants and charters.

On other foreign policy issues, the Cabinet called on Horn of Africa nations not to make Somalia an arena for their conflicts. It urged the countries of the region to cooperate and give Somalia a chance to attain national unity and end the ongoing violence.

The Cabinet today approved several appointments, including Meshary bin Badr Al-Askar as Undersecretary for Rural Affairs at the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs.

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