Cabinet welcomes the results of the World Conference on Dialogue

July 21, 2008

Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah today.

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz is currently in Morocco on a private visit after opening the World Conference on Dialogue in Madrid, Spain on June 16.

The Cabinet lauded King Abdullah’s initiative to convene the interfaith conference. It welcomed his opening remarks at the event, in which the King highlighted the importance of constructive dialogue among religions and characterized Islam as a religion of moderation and tolerance. The Cabinet also hailed the Madrid Declaration released at the conclusion of the conference.

On other international issues, the Cabinet was briefed on the meeting of Arab foreign ministers in Cairo this past weekend to discuss the crisis developing between the International Criminal Court and Sudan.

A number of items were approved today, including protocols on the protection of marine life and the establishment of protected zones in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. Also approved were agreements on cooperation with Egypt and political cooperation with Bulgaria.

In addition, the Cabinet authorized the National Gas and Industrialization Company to continue distributing and marketing gas for five years and approved regulations relating to the treatment of Saudi employees in sectors targeted for privatization.