King Abdullah holds Cabinet session in Jeddah

June 7, 2010

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the Cabinet session at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah today. The ministers, noting that Wednesday is the 5th anniversary of the King’s ascension to the throne, reflected on the enormous progress made by Saudi Arabia during his reign.

King Abdullah then briefed the Cabinet on the contacts he has had over the past few days with foreign officials, including a telephone call from Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah; a message from French President Nicolas Sarkozy, delivered by the French Minister of Defense; and a meeting with United Nations General Assembly President Dr. Ali Abdel Salam Triki.

Addressing regional affairs, the Cabinet listened to reports on several conferences held last week, including an emergency meeting of Arab foreign ministers, an ASEAN-GCC ministerial meeting and an extraordinary meeting of OIC foreign ministers. Each of these conferences, it was noted, resulted in the issuance of strong condemnations of Israel’s recent aggression against a “Freedom Flotilla” that was attempting to deliver aid to Gaza. The ministers called for an independent fact-finding commission to investigate Israel’s violations of international law and demanded that the world community take clear and firm action on the issue.

The Cabinet also listened to a report by the Minister of Finance on the outcome of the G-20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting, which was opened Friday in Busan, South Korea.

Turning to its weekly agenda, the Cabinet approved a number of measures to address the complaints of citizens in Mrat regarding a local cement plant project; approved the Kingdom’s accession to the United Nations Convention on Jurisdictional Immunities of States and Their Property; authorized the Minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance to sign a draft memorandum of understanding with Bangladesh’s Ministry of Religious Affairs in the field of Islamic Affairs and Endowments; approved a memorandum of scientific and educational cooperation between the Saudi Ministry of Higher Education and the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Sciences; authorized the Minister of Agriculture to undertake the necessary legal procedures for the accession of the Kingdom to the 1995 Grains Trade Convention; authorized the President of King Abdulaziz City for Sciences and Technology to sign a draft agreement on scientific and technical cooperation with Turkey; and approved an agreement on scientific and technical cooperation with South Africa.