Cabinet reaffirms Kingdom’s right to defend sovereignty and deter aggression

November 9, 2009

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired today the weekly cabinet meeting at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh.

King Abdullah briefed the Cabinet on the contacts he had last week with foreign leaders, including Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Sabah, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, and King Abdullah II of Jordan in which they condemned the sinful attacks on Saudi Arabia by infiltrators from Yemen and expressed their full support for the steps the Kingdom took to defend it’s territory.  King Abdullah also expressed his appreciation to similar support the Kingdom received from other Arab and Islamic countries and organizations.

The King also briefed the Cabinet on the messages he received from Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifah, Japanese Premier Yukio Hatoyama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

The Cabinet was briefed on the security measures taken following the attempted infiltration through Jabal Dokhan in the Jazan region.

The Cabinet stressed that Saudi Arabia will not tolerate any violations of its sovereignty and reserves the right to take all necessary measures to protects its citizens and territory, secure its border, deter aggression, and put an end to future attacks on its territory.  The Cabinet expressed its appreciation for the role played by all sectors to maintain the security and safety of the homeland and citizens.  The Cabinet expressed its sincere condolences to the families of the martyrs and wished the injured a speedy recovery.

Furthermore, the Cabinet approved the addition of the president of the Saudi Red Crescent Authority to the membership of the Civil Defense Council.  It authorized the Minister of Higher Education, or his deputy, to negotiate and sign a draft memorandum of scientific and educational cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Sciences in Bosnia and Herzegovina.  The Cabinet approved an amendment of Article Six of the regulations for Saudi employees in sectors to undergo privatization as per Cabinet Decision No. 210 (July 21, 2008).  It authorized the Minister of Transport, or his deputy, to sign the Code of Conduct concerning the Repression of Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in the Western Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden (the Code of Conduct), which was signed in Djibouti on 29 January 2009.