The Council of Ministers today expressed profound satisfaction and happiness over the reassuring results of the medical checkups conducted for the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh where he was admitted on Thursday, November 30, 1995. The cabinet’s regular weekly meeting was chaired by HRH Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Aviation, and Inspector-General, who expressed his best wishes to the Saudi monarch, praying that King Fahd would continue to lead the country towards greater stability, security and prosperity, and extend support to the cause of peace and justice for the international community with the help of HRH Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud. Speaking on behalf of King Fahd, Prince Sultan thanked the leaders of the Arab, Islamic and friendly nations who had made telephone calls or sent cables to inquire about the monarch’s health and express their good wishes for the Saudi leadership and people.
Information Minister Dr. Fouad Al-Farsi reported that Prince Sultan, on behalf of the King, the Saudi Government, and the people, expressed the hope that the sixteenth GCC Summit which today began its deliberations in Muscat, Oman, would succeed in cementing cohesion among the GCC states and strengthening their joint action in various fields. Prince Sultan stated his deep satisfaction over the level of cooperation between the GCC on the one hand and the Arab, Islamic and friendly nations on the other, and underlined the importance of the relations between the GCC and the Islamic world, calling the GCC states “an indivisible part of the Islamic world”. Prince Sultan highlighted the great efforts that have been made by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to support the GCC and reinforce solidarity, cooperation and coordination among its member states, ever since its establishment on February 4, 1981. He described the GCC as a constructive channel for helping cement political, economic, social and cultural ties through collective cooperation and joint action.
On the domestic level, Prince Sultan conveyed to the Ministers and concerned officials the instructions of King Fahd on the necessity of prompt action in matters concerning the citizens. In the international arena, Prince Sultan appealed to the factions in Afghanistan to start a constructive dialogue with the aim of ending the prolonged conflict and save innocent lives.
Referring to resolutions passed by the cabinet, Dr. Al-Farsi reported approval of the rules developed and ratified by the fifteenth GCC summit to permit GCC citizens to practice wholesale trading; and the regulations whereby GCC citizens can practice economic activities covering importation and the services of marketing, weights and measures, and hygiene.