Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard, chaired the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers in Jeddah this afternoon.
Crown Prince Abdullah began by confirming that the Kingdom, under the leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, has been implementing the laws of Shari'a in all spheres, and that this was the secret behind the declining crime rate in Saudi society. Highlighting the fairness and ability of the Saudi judicial system, he said: "The judiciary of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia forms an independent system based on the teachings of the Holy Qur'an and the pure Sunna of the Prophet, and is made up of trustworthy men who have carefully studied the body of knowledge of the Sharia and are fully qualified to issue Islamic rulings against criminals as stated by the Sharia, in order to protect society and individuals from the evils and crimes that are seen in other societies in the world." The Kingdom has one of the lowest criminal records in the world particularly in terms of drug-dealing, thanks to the prescription of the death penalty for drug smuggling. Prince Abdullah made it clear that the Kingdom will continue to implement the death penalty for drug smugglers and traffickers who are convicted by the judicial authorities.
Minister of Information Dr. Fouad Bin Abdulsalam Al-Farsi reported that the Cabinet then reviewed the most important and latest developments in the Arab, Islamic, and international arenas, especially the events in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Afghanistan, as well as the Palestinian-Israeli talks.
Crown Prince Abdullah briefed the Cabinet on the nature of contacts and meetings held by King Fahd with leaders of Arab and Islamic countries and heads of other countries including the contents of messages received by the Saudi monarch from King Hussein of Jordan, British Prime Minister John Major, President Lansana Conte of Guinea, and Turkish Prime Minister Suleiman Demirel. Referring to King Fahd's meeting with the Undersecretary of the United States Department of State, Robert Pelletreau, which took place on Sunday August 20, Crown Prince Abdullah commended the leading role undertaken by King Fahd to serve Islam and the Muslims and to render assistance to support just causes and lessen the sufferings of Muslims worldwide, notably the cause of the Bosnian Muslims who are suffering a genocidal war waged by the aggressive Serbs.
Crown Prince Abdullah also underscored the pioneering role undertaken by the Kingdom to establish peace and stability in the region and the high respect enjoyed by the Kingdom in the international community.
Dr. Al-Farsi reported that the Cabinet reviewed a number of domestic items including services for citizens. The Crown Prince urged the concerned ministers to exert greater efforts to developing such services in line with the directives of King Fahd for the realization of the optimum level of prosperity and development for all citizens.