Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard, today chaired the regular weekly session of the Council of Ministers and called for the necessity of expanding the state's services to citizens in all aspects of life, saying: "The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz, aims to meet the needs of citizens and achieve growth rates compatible with the creation of job opportunities for Saudi manpower, in addition to improving social services such as education and health". He went on to say that Saudi human resources form the real wealth of the Kingdom, and pointed to the continuous growth of primary, intermediate and secondary schooling as well as higher, technical, and vocational education.
Information Minister Dr. Fuad Al-Farsi reported that the Crown Prince urged all young Saudis, who represent an important axis of the Kingdom's development policies, to take advantage of appropriate training programs to boost their efficiency and skills in their respective fields. Prince Abdullah confirmed that all government agencies, educational institutions, and the entire private sector, would cooperate to train and prepare them for work through intensive efforts to arrange suitable educational and training programs.
Referring to the anniversary of the Saudi National Day on Saturday, September 23, Prince Abdullah spoke of King Abdul Aziz's belief that the fortune of the Saudi people is its share of science and knowledge and culture, utilized in the service of Islam. He said that the late monarch had also established administrative organizations to lay the foundations of a major modern Islamic state. The Crown Prince expressed relief at reports submitted to King Fahd and himself by education and health officials concerning the increasing ratio of Saudi youth employed in these sectors, at the start of the academic year on Saturday, and urged the Education Minister to exert greater efforts to realize the studnets' interests and to provide schoolbooks right from the beginning of the school year. In additon, he welcomed the enthusiasm of young Saudi women to join colleges and institutes.
Prince Abdullah reviewed with the cabinet a summary of reports on the most important international events and incidents, especially in the world's hotbeds of conflict, confirming once again the Kingdom's keenness to renew efforts to achieve peace and stability all over the world on the basis of justice, fairness, and legitimate rights for oppressed peoples. He also called on the international community to shoulder its duties and responsibilities towards world peace and security.
After reviewing the issues on the agenda, the cabinet issued the following decisions:
Firstly, in accordance with a cable from the Interior Minister, the following was approved:
1. that the Minister of the Interior, or whomsoever he deputizes, is delegated to sign a draft agreement between the Kingdom and Yemen on security cooperation, according to a formula which was attached;
2. that the Ministry of the Interior will submit the final signed formula to resume the necessary regulatory measures in that connection.
Secondly, after reviewing the communique issued by the cabinet and considering the recommendation of the Consultative Council, the followed was decided upon:
1. approval of the Kingdom's joining the international trade agreement on wild animals and plants threatened with extinction, a royal decree having been prepared on this issue and attached to the decision;
2. utilization of the expertise of university professors in the scientific committee assigned to issue licenses, with a veterinary and agricultural quarantine representative from the Ministry of Agriculture and Water to be included in the Saudi delegation participating in the conference on this agreement.
Thirdly, in accordance with a letter from the Minister of Higher Education, the cabinet approved the appointment of Dr. Abdullah Bin Muhammad Al-Rashid as Undersecretary at the Ministry of Higher Education.