Under the chairmanship of Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard, the Council of Ministers held its regular weekly meeting on Monday afternoon. Dr. Khalid Al-Angary, Minister of Higher Education and Acting Minister of Information, reported that the Cabinet began by reviewing the latest Arab, Islamic and international developments, in particular recent events in the Bosnian, Chechen, and Afghan arenas, as well as the process of the Middle East peace talks.
Crown Prince Abdullah expressed grave concern and pain at the ongoing criminal aggression of the Serbs against the Bosnians, deploring the indifference and helplessness of the international stand and the failure of the United Nations to undertake responsibility towards the Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Crown Prince Abdullah underlined the point that the Islamic world should carry out its Islamic duty towards its Bosnian brothers. He urged Islamic states to unite in providing all possible moral and material support to lessen the suffering of their Bosnian brothers and to enable their country to maintain independence, sovereignty, security and territorial integrity, citing with satisfaction what has already been offered to the Muslim people of Bosnia-Herzegovina by a number of Muslim countries, foremost among them the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Reviewing the latest Bosnian situation, Prince Abdullah noted the messages sent by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud to the heads of state of all members of the U.N. Security Council, urging them to assume the responsibility of international peace and security, to take all necessary measures to prevent Serbian forces from continuing their aggressive schemes, to execute the relevant international resolutions and to enable the Bosnian people to practice their legitimate right of self-defense by lifting the arms embargo. Referring to the situation of the Chechen Republic, Crown Prince Abdullah expressed grave concern at the implications of the tragic conflict, urging the Russian government not to use force and to continue with peaceful talks until an acceptable settlement is reached. He also expressed hope that the various conflicting parties in Afghanistan will stop fighting and place the interest of the country above all other considerations so that the Afghan people can enjoy stability and peace.
Crown Prince Abdullah further briefed the Cabinet on the content of messages received by King Fahd from a number of Arab leaders including Sheikh Jaber Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait;President Hafez Al-Assad of Syria;and President Muammar Al-Gaddafi of Libya.
Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Minister of Foreign Affairs, briefed the Cabinet on the outcome of the recent meeting in Damascus of the Saudi/Syrian Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation. He praised the strength of the relations between the two countries in various spheres.