1996 News Story

Council of Ministers meeting

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz, presiding over the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers yesterday, reiterated the adherence of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to peace and stability in the region in accordance with United Nations resolutions.   The King recalled the Saudi peace proposal adopted by the Arab Summit held in Fez, Morocco in 1982, and described it as an Arab plan for regional peace which became an international project on whose foundations were based the Madrid Peace Conference and the principle of land-for-peace.   Hailing the position of friendly, peace-loving countries in support of Saudi Arabia and its sister Arab states in deploring the brutal Israeli massacres in the city of Al-Quds [Jerusalem], King Fahd confirmed that it is not to the benefit of the world, either now or in the future, to ignore Israeli acts which not only impede the peace process but cause extreme harm to the stability and well-being of the world at large. 

Information Minister Dr. Fouad Al-Farsi reported that King Fahd stated to the cabinet that the Kingdom is exerting every effort, as it always does, working with sister and friendly countries and in all international arenas, to safeguard the legitimate rights of Palestinians and enable them to strengthen the foundations of their free independent state on their national territories.  In this connection, King Fahd voiced thanks to the UN Security Council for the immediate response to the call made by the Kingdom for the Council to meet and discuss the issue of the Israeli massacres against defenseless and weapon-less Palestinians, and also to stop international modification of the nature of the Holy Al-Aqsa Mosque by Israel for the purpose of eradicating the identity of Islamic sanctuaries, which King Fahd termed an obvious violation of the international resolutions and conventions.

Briefing the cabinet on the latest developments in Afghanistan, where the Taleban Movement has recently gained power, and referring to the constant Saudi support for the Afghan jihad from its earliest phase to its victory, King Fahd voiced sorrow at the disputes, fighting and bloodletting among brothers that followed their victory, saying:  “We have exerted every possible effort to bring together the Afghan brothers for reconciliation and we will continue to exert efforts to patch up and make peace among them”.   King Fahd expressed the hope that the recent developments would put an end to these disputes, and enable the Afghan brothers to avoid bloodshed and restore peace and stability to Afghanistan, so that the people can enjoy the security they have been deprived of for so long, and in order for Afghanistan to again become an active member of the group of Muslim countries and the international community.

Turning to the balance of economic growth with social stability within the Kingdom, King Fahd confirmed that Saudi Arabia has the right to be proud of its achievements, saying:  “Our adherence to the Holy Qur’an and the Sunnah of the Prophet has achieved a unique formula for a balanced and comprehensive development.  Referring to the figures showing the accomplishments achieved between 1970 and 1994, King Fahd said that the non-oil Gross National Product (GNP) reached 6 percent while the total number of the Saudi workforce doubled from 1.2 million in 1970 to 2.4 million in 1994.