1996 News Story

Council of Ministers meeting

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz, chairing the regular weekly session of the Council of Ministers yesterday, extended congratulations to Kuwait on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of its liberation from the yoke of the Iraqi occupation.   King Fahd called on the Iraqi regime to release all prisoners of war, both Kuwaiti and non-Kuwaiti, and to comply with all resolutions issued by the United Nations Security Council pertaining to its aggression against Kuwait.   He also expressed sorrow at the sufferings of the Iraqi people caused as the result of the failure of their rulers to comply with these international resolutions.

Reiterating the concern of the state to take further measures to ensure the well-being of all its citizens, King Fahd stated:  “We are determined to exert every possible effort to ensure the comfort of citizens throughout the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”   Reviewing a number of regional, Arab, Islamic and international developments, he confirmed the Kingdom’s solid stand on the side of right, justice and peace.   King Fahd made reference to the recent meeting in Sanaa of the Saudi-Yemeni Joint Commission assigned to the demarcation of borders, which was held in a fraternal atmosphere with issues discussed frankly and plainly.

King Fahd then confirmed the Kingdom’s backing of Syria in its negotiations with Israel, and hoped that the two sides would reach a just and comprehensive peace in a way that would enable Syria to restore its occupied territories and pave the way for the realization of security and stability in the Middle East.

Minister of Information Dr. Fouad Al-Farsi reported that concerning domestic issues, the cabinet approved the request of the Minister of Health to seek the assistance of a number of experts for a limited period in order to facilitate the procedures of handing over the project of the King Fahd Medical City as well as the preparation and evaluation of specifications pertaining to its operation.