1996 News Story

Council of Ministers meeting

Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard, yesterday presided over the regular weekly session of the Council of Ministers and confirmed that Islamic Shariah, on the basis of which the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was established, is an integral part of the state’s internal and external policy for all its affairs, and notably for the Saudi judicial authority which continues to administer to the people judgments characterized by firmness, accuracy, comprehensiveness and concern for prompt restoration of rights, attributing this to the impact of the Holy Qur’an and the Sunnah of the Prophet.

Information Minister Dr. Fouad Al-Farsi reported that Prince Abdullah also noted that the great economic and social growth resulting from the successive development plans has led to an ongoing need for judicial services, and that this has caused the government, led by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz, to extend intensive support to the judicial authority, a policy that aims at facilitating the delivery of these services and constructing more courts, both general and specialized, to be available as needed for the prompt resolution of cases and transactions.   The Crown Prince stated: “All countries of the world in general and the Arab and Muslim nations in particular, are invited to acquaint themselves with the characteristics of the Saudi methodology in applying the rules of the Shariah in all aspects of daily life in a way that guarantees the dignity and rights of every individual living in the land of the Two Holy Mosques.”   In this connection, the Crown Prince referred to the outcome of the twelfth session of the Council of Arab Ministers of Justice, held in Cairo last week.
Dr. Al-Farsi reported that Prince Abdullah, reviewing important global developments, urged the countries concerned to exert greater effort to achieve just and comprehensive peace in the region based on the UN resolutions.  On behalf of Saudi Arabia, Prince Abdullah urged the two sponsors of peace in the Middle East to continue their practical, actual and positive commitment to eliminate the obstacles and pave the way for a just and comprehensive peace so that the countries of the region can devote their time to implementation of development plans aimed at upgrading the level of their people to contribute more positively for their own benefit and that of human civilization, turning away from useless conflicts and fighting.