Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard, today presided over the regular weekly session of the Council of Ministers, which hailed the positive outcome of the recent two-day meeting of the Saudi/Yemeni High Commission and praised the accomplishments made so far by the joint technical committees of the two countries in cementing bilateral relations in all spheres. Prince Abdullah highlighted the spirit of brotherhood and cooperation prevailing during the proceedings of the Commission within the framework of the Taif Accord of 1934 and the Memorandum of Understanding signed in Makkah last February.
Prince Abdullah also welcomed the security treaty, aimed at combating drugs, terrorism, and organized crime, that was signed on Saturday by the interior ministers of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Italy.
Minister of Information Dr. Fouad Al-Farsi reported that Prince Abdullah also expressed satisfaction over the outcome of a recent meeting between Syrian President Hafez Al-Assad and U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher, which revived the Syrian/Israeli peace talks.
Emphasizing that the Kingdom’s system of training national cadres has undergone a remarkable expansion over the last twenty-five years in terms of both volume and quality, Prince Abdullah attributed this to the great efforts exerted by the government of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud to upgrade all aspects of training and offer the necessary moral and material incentives. The number of those graduating from the Institute of Public Administration has increased fifteen fold since it began overseeing the training of national cadres in 1970. The period of the fifth five-year development plan in particular witnessed a tremendous expansion in the various training facilities, especially with the private sector’s contribution. As for the training of women, Prince Abdullah referred to the promotion of technical and vocational training by the General Presidency of Girls’ Education, and said that the Ministry of Health now has twenty training institutions for women.