King Abdullah chairs Cabinet session (7/9/12)
July 9, 2012
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz began the Cabinet session at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah today with a briefing on his consultations last week with foreign leaders and officials, including a meeting with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.
Then, the Cabinet reviewed a number of reports on foreign developments, focusing particularly on efforts to contain the crisis in Syria. The ministers expressed support for the demands issued at the Friends of Syria Conference held in Paris last week. They called upon the U.N. Security Council to issue a prompt order, according to Chapter VII of the U.N. Charter, mandating that Syria comply with the plan of U.N.-Arab League Envoy Kofi Annan. They also noted the need for a political transitional process in Syria, as well the enforcement of U.N. sanctions against the Assad regime.
Turning to other regional issues, the Cabinet denounced Israel’s continued oppression of the Palestinian people by violating their rights, sending them to prisons, and confiscating their properties to expand settlements. It demanded that effective measures be taken to deter Israel from continuing its expansionist, aggressive policies, which go against global legitimacy and will and have led to the collapse of peace negotiations.
Addressing its remaining agenda items, the Cabinet approved two memoranda of understanding with Qatar, one in the field of environmental protection and preservation and the other in the field of meteorology; decided that the areas of land allotted for the building of the headquarters of the Supreme Judiciary Council, the Higher Court, the Appeals Court; general judiciary courts; the Administrative Judiciary Council; and the Court of Grievances and its affiliate courts should be determined by the concerned authorities; approved the membership of the Board of Directors of the General Commission for Civil Aviation for three years; authorized the Minister of Labor to sign a draft memorandum of understanding in the field of technological and vocational training between the Saudi Technological and Vocational Training Authority and the Brazilian National Commission for Industrial Training Services; and endorsed an agreement with South Korea on cooperation in the peaceful usage of nuclear energy.