1996 News Story

Council of Ministers meeting

Chairing the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers last night, Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard, voiced once again the Kingdom’s support for Bahrain in its confrontation with schemes for sabotage, and plots to instigate dissent, describing such acts as “foreign to our society and desperate attempts to undermine regional and Arab security and stability”.

Information Minister Dr. Fouad Al-Farsi reported that Prince Abdullah, reviewing several Arab and Islamic issues, stressed that an independent Palestinian state will be formed, as evidenced by the outcome of the recent elections enabling the Palestinian people to exert their legitimate rights.   Prince Abdullah, referring to the Serbians’ criminal acts of genocide against Bosnian Muslims, said that such acts are denounced by international laws and norms, and that Islam in fact has rules to protect Muslims during times of war.

At the domestic level, Prince Abdullah showed concern that efforts be exerted by charitable societies in the Kingdom, especially during the Holy Month of Ramadan, in line with Islamic Shariah.   He also confirmed that the Kingdom under the leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz will continue to shoulder its responsibilities and duties towards pilgrims, with early meetings of all concerned authorities to offer the best possible services in Makkah, Madinah, and the rest of the Holy Places.

Dr. Farsi reported that the cabinet reviewed a number of issues on the agenda, and adopted the following resolutions:

First, the cabinet approved signing of the United Nations Agreement on Maritime Law, including an accord to implement Clause 11 and the announcements prepared in line with Article 310.

Second, after due review, the cabinet decided to delegate the Minister of Foreign Affairs or whomsoever he deputizes to initial a draft agreement with the Sultanate of Brunei covering the fields of economics, commerce, investment, technical domains, culture, youth, and sports.