The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques chairs Cabinet session

January 12, 2009

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the Cabinet’s session held in Riyadh today.


Reviewing the ongoing crisis in the Gaza Strip, King Abdullah began by briefing the Cabinet on his latest consultations with world leaders.

Condemning Israel’s aggression against the Palestinian people, the King declared that the humanitarian situation in Gaza requires decisive international intervention. Israel, he insisted, must be compelled to comply with the U.N. Security Council resolution calling for a ceasefire and the withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza.

The Cabinet expressed optimism over U.S. President-elect Barack Obama’s vow to immediately and methodically search for a just settlement to the Palestinian issue. The Cabinet hoped that the next U.S. administration will be more serious, objective and independent when addressing the issue.

The Cabinet then reviewed and took action on a number of topics on its agenda:

The Cabinet approved the ascension of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities to the Arab Union of Traditional Industries and Trades.

The Cabinet approved a memorandum of cooperation between the King Abdulaziz Foundation for Research and Archives and Egypt’s General Commission of National Library and Archives, signed in Cairo on 6/12/06, as well as a memorandum of cooperation between the King Abdulaziz Foundation and Turkey’s Research Center for Islamic History, Art and Culture, signed in Istanbul on 11/17/05. The Cabinet also approved a cooperation agreement between the Saudi and Tunisian Ministries of Higher Education, signed in Riyadh on 10/27/07.

The Cabinet approved the appointments of Dr. Khalid Al-Gandan, Dr. Khalil Kurdi, Dr. Ahmed Al-Khulaifi and Mishari Al-Mishari to the Board of Directors of the Saudi Fund for Development for a period of three years as of 08/08/1429H.