King Abdullah chairs Cabinet session (5/6/11)

June 6, 2011

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the Cabinet session held at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah today. At the outset of the meeting, he gave a briefing on his foreign consultations over the past week, including a message he sent to Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, and reviewed the latest regional and international developments.

After listening to a number of reports, the Cabinet expressed sorrow at the bloodshed taking place in several Arab countries. Referring to Yemen, the Cabinet called upon all parties to exercise restraint for the good of their country and to sign the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) peace initiative. Noting the arrival of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and other officials in the Kingdom for medical treatment, the ministers stressed that it is the Kingdom’s religious and neighborly duty to extend this assistance.

The Cabinet condemned the continuing arrests and oppression carried out by Israeli forces against the Palestinian people, in addition to the continuation of settlement building in Jerusalem. These actions are a blatant violation of United Nations resolutions, it said, carried out in defiance of international will, and are blocking the resumption of peace talks.

On the domestic front, the Cabinet expressed appreciation for the order issued by King Abdullah approving a detailed plan to address the increasing number of university graduates in the Kingdom.

Addressing its agenda items, the Cabinet approved the organization of the National Committee for Legalizing and Standardizing the Works of Operation and Maintenance; approved a number of measures pertaining to the application of quality management systems in the governmental sector; authorized the Interior Minister to sign a draft agreement on cooperation in the field of crime-fighting with Finland; approved the final accounts of the Saudi Wildlife Commission for fiscal year 1428/1429H.; approved the amendment of Articles (5) and (10) of the Electricity Law pertaining to electricity co-generation; and authorized the concerned bodies to take the necessary measures to implement the decision of the GCC Supreme Council during its 30th session regarding equality among GCC citizens in the field of technical education.

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