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Council of Ministers meeting

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz yesterday presided over the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers and reiterated the unwavering position of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia concerning a comprehensive, everlasting and just peace in the region at all levels, and in accordance with the Madrid Conference, the principle of land-for-peace, and the legitimacy of international resolutions, notably the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 242, 338 and 425.

Speaking about the outcome of the Saudi-Egyptian-Syrian tripartite summit which ended its sessions in Damascus last week, with the Saudi delegation led by Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard, King Fahd confirmed that the three countries are constantly strengthening efforts aimed at continuing the peace process in the region, and at abiding by all agreements signed within this framework.

Information Minister Dr. Fouad Al-Farsi reported that King Fahd underlined the necessity to intensify efforts for the resumption of negotiations on the Syrian and Lebanese tracks, and for the completion of the Palestinian-Israeli talks in order to achieve a real and comprehensive peace based on reciprocal respect of mutual rights and duties. Dr. Al-Farsi noted that the King voiced the Kingdom's satisfaction at the positive developments which took place last week concerning the peace process and at the mini-summits held by certain Arab leaders, foremost among them the Saudi-Egyptian-Syrian summit, which continue the strategy of supporting the peace process and enabling the Palestinian people to attain their legitimate rights, including the establishment of an independent state of Palestine with Al-Quds [Jerusalem] as its capital.

Reviewing the domestic agenda and confirming the importance of paying the utmost attention to the needs of the citizens which should be given top priority by all ministries, King Fahd instructed the ministers to continue with their field tours, calling these a positive action and praying to God to enable the government to mobilize all its resources to enhance its plans and programs aimed at improving the citizens' standard of living. The cabinet then decided on a number of domestic issues, including one stating that implementation of the GCC Supreme Council's resolutions in the economic field be decreed by the cabinet to ensure that regulations are not contravened.