The Custodian of the two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud presided over the regular weekly session of the Council of Ministers held in Jeddah this afternoon. Minister of Higher Education and Acting Minister of Information Dr. Khalid Al-Angary reported that the Council began with a detailed review of the latest political, economic and security developments on the Arab, Islamic and international scene. Given the Kingdom's leading role in efforts to support Islamic causes and defend the rights of Muslims worldwide, and in the framework of his personal concern about the tragedies afflicting the Muslim Nation in various parts of the world, King Fahd noted with pain the crimes of the Serbs against the Muslims of Bosnia-Herzegovina and the recent Serbian attacks against the safe havens declared by the United Nations.
King Fahd further expressed increasing concern over the plight of Bosnian refugees who are fleeing the vicious aggression of the Serbian forces, and ordered that urgent financial and humanitarian assistance be provided for them. He welcomed the proposed meeting on Bosnia of the contact group of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), to be held on Friday, July 21, 1995. Moreover, he announced his intention to send letters to the leaders of member states of the U.N. Security Council to the effect that the United Nations and the international community assume responsibility for the vicious Serbian aggression, and offer protection to a U.N. member state by providing the means for the Islamic republic to practice self-defense as stated by Article 51 of the U.N. Charter. Minister Al-Angary reported that King Fahd confirmed once more the unwavering support of the Saudi government and people for the people of the Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina and for the protection of the legitimate rights of the Bosnian people.
Kig Fahd also reviewed the ongoing efforts for reconciliation between the conflicting factions in Afghanistan, with the aim of serving the best interests of the Muslim Afghani people, of protecting their rights to freedom and independence, and of establishing peace, stability and prosperity in their country. The situation in Chechnya and that in Kashmir were also reviewed. In addition, King Fahd emphasized the constructive role and intensive efforts of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on various levels to establish a just and comprehensive peace in the Middle East within the framework of international legitimacy.