RIYADH –Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, who chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting at Al-Yamamah Palace, briefed the ministers on the outcome of his talks with Obama here last week, adding that the talks focused on strengthening bilateral ties.
A new era has begun in the relations between the US and the Islamic world, said King Abdullah while chairing the weekly Cabinet session here, Monday.
The Cabinet viewed Obama’s Cairo speech as a new beginning, which would pave the way for a constructive, instrumental and genuine dialogue, said Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Abdul Aziz Khoja as Saudi Press Agency quoted.
He said the appeal made by President Obama for enhancing cooperation between nations comes in support of King Abdullah’s call and initiative for an inter-faith dialogue.
It also stressed the importance of the monetary union accord signed by foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait in Riyadh Sunday.
The Cabinet expressed its satisfaction over the successful completion of the parliamentary elections in Lebanon and hoped it would have a positive impact on the country and its people, reinforcing security, stability and prosperity.
The Cabinet described the agreement as a substantial step in formalizing the institutions of the monetary union such as the Monetary Council and the Central Bank.
The Cabinet listened to a briefing from Prince Naif, Second Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister, on security efforts to foil drug smuggling.