Saudi Cabinet holds in high esteem calls by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for the people of Iraq

Cabinet condemns Israel’s steps towards annexing and Judaizing Jerusalem

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques receives message from King of Jordan, two phone calls from Obama, Yemen’s Saleh

Second Deputy Premier Prince Naif: Saudi Arabia is honorable example for the whole world, capable of building state

Egyptian, Iraqi, Jordanian, Islamic welcome of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz’s Iraq initiative

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud chaired the Cabinet session held at Al-Yamamah Palace.

At the outset of the session, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques briefed the Cabinet on the contacts, consultations and talks he held with a number of brotherly and friendly countries on ways of enhancing bilateral relations, regional and international developments, and joint Arab action.

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques briefed the Cabinet on the two telephone calls he received from President Barack Obama of the United States of America and President Ali Abdullah Saleh of the Republic of Yemen, as well as on the reception the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques held for the Secretary General of the Arab League Amr Moussa.

In a statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA) following the session, Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Abdulaziz bin Mohieddin Khoja said the Cabinet highly appreciated the appeal of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to the brotherly people of Iraq as well as the King's invitation to President Jalal Talabani and all Iraqi parties that participated in the elections along with the political actors, to hold a meeting in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia after Hajj season under the umbrella of the Arab League in order to seek a solution for all problems facing the formation of the Iraqi government. The Cabinet reiterated that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will spare no effort to support the Iraqi people to achieve peace and security.

Dr. Khoja also said the Cabinet listened to a number of reports on regional and international developments. The Cabinet condemned the Israeli Bill to annex the occupied city of Al-Quds to the list of Israeli cities of particular priority, stressing that this step aims to Judaize the Holy City. The Cabinet called on the international community to compel Israel to cease all violations committed to Judaize the Holy City and change its Islamic and Arab identity.

The Minister of Culture and Information said the Cabinet then reviewed a number of issues on its agenda and issued the following decisions:

The Cabinet approved a number of measures pertaining to the conversion of the National Program for Energy Management and Rationalization at King Abdulaziz City for Sciences and Technology (KACST) into a permanent national centre for energy rationalization at the level of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The Cabinet approved amending some articles of the statute of Jeddah Development and Urban Regeneration Company issued by Royal Decree No. (M/65) dated 23/10/1427.

The Cabinet approved a draft memorandum of understanding for cooperation in fields of public health and medical sciences between the Ministry of Health of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Department of Health and Human Services of the United States of America which was signed in Geneva on 18/05/2010.

The Cabinet approved a number of appointments as follows:

1- Nasser bin Mohammed bin Hudaib Al-Mansour Al-Abdullah appointed to the post of Director General of the Governor's Office (Rank 14) at the Governorate of Riyadh Province.

2- Ibrahim bin Mohammed bin Ali Al-Humaidan appointed to the post of Assistant Director General of Customs for Revenues Affairs (Rank 14) at the Customs Department.

Meanwhile, Prince Abdulaziz Ibn Salman Ibn Abdulaziz, Assistant Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources for Petroleum Affairs has stressed that the decision of the Cabinet chaired by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Ibn Abdulaziz to transform (interim) National Program for Energy Management and Conservation at King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology into a (permanent) National Center for Energy Management and Conservation has come to meet urgent national needs for raising the efficiency, production and use of energy in all sectors in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as well as the unification of efforts between governmental and non-governmental organizations in this area.

In a statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the Prince pointed out that the decision was adopted after what had been submitted to the Cabinet by Crown Prince Sultan Ibn Abdulaziz, Deputy Premier, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General, who is also Chairman of Ministerial Committee for Administrative Organization, concerning the Ministerial Committee's studying of the proposal of the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources to transform the National Program for Energy Management and Conservation at King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology into the National Center for Energy Management and Conservation.

On the other hand, King Abdullah received a message from King Abdullah II of Jordan.

The message was handed over to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques by Prime Minister Samir Al-Rifai of Jordan during an audience held by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques at his palace in Riyadh.

During the audience, Al-Rifai conveyed the greetings of King Abdullah II to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques. In turn, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques sent his greetings to King Abdullah II.

Issues of common interest were discussed during the audience.

The audience was attended by Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Prince Miqren bin Abdulaziz, Chief of General Intelligence; and a number of princes and officials.

King Abdullah received a telephone call from President Barack Obama of the United States of America.

During the conversation, the latest developments at the international arena and issues of common interest as well as the bilateral relations between the two countries were discussed.

The King also received a telephone call from President Ali Abdullah Saleh of the Republic of Yemen.

During the conversation, the bilateral relations between the two countries and the latest regional and international developments of the common interest were reviewed and discussed.

In Riyadh, Prince Naif Ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, who is also Chairman of Supreme Commission of Naif Ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud International Prize for Prophetic Sunnah and Contemporary Islamic Studies, chaired the Commission's 8th session.

At the outset of the meeting, Prince Naif welcomed the members of the Commission, hoping that their contribution in this session will strengthen the march of the Prize to attain its noble objectives.

He said: 'The Prize was founded on clear objectives for the service of the Prophetic Sunnah, which is our constitution, after the Holy Qura'n. All Muslim scholars should serve the Prophetic Sunnah, clarify all its aspects, and address the present developments. The Prize submitted a number of researches and studies in this regard during the past years.'

Prince Naif said 'The present circumstances experienced by the world, events and current developments necessitate that we, as Muslims, should clarify the position of Islam towards these events. Despite the errors committed by some Muslims, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has presented a bright image to the world and proved to be able to build a state committed to the Holy Qura'n and the Prophetic Sunnah as a constitution.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has worked for the interest of this nation and contributed with Arabs, Muslims and the whole world for the interest of human kind. The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud, and the Crown Prince have taken successive steps in this area. '

Later, the Prize's Secretary General and the Commission's Member Dr. Saed Al-Orabi Al-Harthi presented a comprehensive explanation about the march of the Prize.

At the end of the meeting, the names of winners of the Prize's 5th session in various domains of the Prophetic Sunnah and Contemporary Islamic Studies were announced including the first prize to Dr. Sheikh Khalil bin Ibrahim Mulla Khater (Syrian, resident in Saudi Arabia); and the second prize co-shared by Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-A'qel (Saudi), Sheikh Fat-hi Al-Mousli (Iraqi, resident in Bahrain), and Sheikh Abdulhaq Al-Turkmani (Sweden).

The meeting was attended by Prince Mohammed Ibn Naif Ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy General Supervisor of the Prize as well as members of the Supreme Commission.

In Cairo, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry lauded the initiative of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques on Iraq, noting that it emanated from the keenness of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to achieve stability in Iraq.

The Spokesman for the Egyptian Foreign Ministry Hossam Zaki said that Egypt appreciates the Saudi initiative stressing its keenness to support Iraq and the Iraqis for the stability and development of their country away from any negative interventions from outside Iraq.

In Amman, Jordan welcomed the call by King Abdullah to Iraqi leaders to meet in Riyadh after the Hajj season under the patronage of the Arab League to overcome differences over formation of the new Iraqi government.

In a press conference, Jordan's foreign minister Nasir Joudah praised the call and hailed the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques' keenness on serving Arab causes.

The Secretary General of the Arab League, Amr Moussa has expressed his appreciation of King Abdullah for his call to the leaders and representatives of political powers in Iraq to meet in Riyadh under the 'Umbrella of the Arab League'' following Hajj season to discuss ways of solving the crisis of the formation of the Iraqi government.

In a statement, Moussa pointed to the King's confirmation of supporting whatever the Iraqi leaders might agree upon without foreign interference.

On his part, the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, expressed in a press statement his appreciation of the King for this wise initiative, also praising the King's farsighted vision and his ongoing quest to serve the issues of Arab and Islamic nations, and his keenness to preserve the unity of Iraq and to support the Iraqi people with all their strata.

In Baghdad, the National Coalition Bloc and the Kurdistan Coalition lauded the initiative of King Abdullah inviting Iraq's political parties for talks in Saudi Arabia after Hajj to help them form a unity government.

Statements by both blocs lauded the Saudi keenness to support the Iraqi people, noting that such an initiative came at the right time especially with talks reaching the final stage on government formation, according to a report of Kuwait news agency (KUNA).

The statements affirmed that parliament would convene soon to decide on government leaderships.

King Abdullah Ibn Abdulaziz appealed to the Iraqi people to restore their national unity, calling for a meeting in Riyadh after the Hajj season to address issues of paramount importance for Iraq's national unity.