Kingdom Vows Full Support For Iraq

RIYADH: The Council of Ministers on Monday commended Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah’s new initiative to establish peace and stability in Iraq and end the war-torn country’s political deadlock.

“Saudi Arabia will leave no stone unturned to support the Iraqi people and provide them assistance to achieve peace and security in their country,” said a Cabinet statement after its weekly meeting.

In his appeal on Saturday, King Abdullah invited President Jalal Talabani and all Iraqi parties that took part in the elections and the political process for reconciliation talks in Riyadh after the Haj season.

King Abdullah said the talks would be held under the auspices of the Arab League in order to seek solutions for all outstanding problems that stand in the way of forming a unity government in Baghdad.

Former Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi's Al-Iraqiya bloc and other parties have welcomed the king’s call. The National Alliance, a merger of Iraq's Shiite-led blocs, including that of Nuri Al-Maliki's coalition, also expressed its appreciation for the king’s initiative.

The Cabinet meeting, chaired by King Abdullah, denounced the Israeli legislative bill that makes Jerusalem a national priority area, saying the bill was aimed at Judaizing the city.

The meeting urged the international community to prevent Israel from activities aimed at Judaizing Jerusalem and changing its Islamic and Arab character.

Culture and Information Minister Abdul Aziz Khoja said the Cabinet decided to transform the national program for the management and rational use of energy at King Abdulaziz City of Science and Technology in Riyadh into a permanent national center for energy conservation. "