Cabinet calls for unified Arab action to address regional challenges

August 4, 2008

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

The Cabinet reviewed developments in the Arab world and current challenges such as the situation in Palestine, whose front is disintegrating at a time when it needs unity, a coalition government and effective representation at the international level.

Other challenges discussed at today’s meeting include attempts to exploit cultural diversity as a justification for national division, regional disintegration and sectarian strife, and plans for hegemony and intervention. These issues require unified Arab action and active support for joint Arab institutions, the Cabinet noted.

On other issues, the Cabinet approved the Kingdom’s accession to the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law. It authorized a number of agreements, including accords on communications and information technology cooperation with Tunisia and maritime transport with Egypt.

On domestic issues, the Cabinet approved as an amendment to the Military Retirement Law as well as controls for the export of agricultural machinery. It also extended the service of the current Board of Directors of the Saudi Railways Organization for one year.