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Council of Ministers Meeting

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz presided over the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers today, and reaffirmed how essential science and technology are to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and how far they are involved in the nation's productive sectors and in its development.  King Fahd announced that the Kingdom is looking to develop new technology for domestic use, especially after using imported technology to pursue greater development to help the economy, adding that this in turn will help the development of applied research.

Information Minister Dr. Fouad Al-Farsi reported that King Fahd welcomed greater cooperation with other countries and with international organizations in order to develop joint projects in science and technology, and to encourage companies to establish high-level production to help development as well as training high quality Saudi cadres.  King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and the Kingdom's universities have expended a great deal of effort in establishing specialized research centers, and King Fahd assured their cooperation with the productive sectors.

Turning to the international scene, King Fahd reiterated the Kingdom's constant position towards the Middle East peace process, particularly concerning Palestine, the Golan Heights, and Lebanon, stating that that the continuation of the Israeli policy of building settlements complicates the peace process and is contrary to the Madrid and Oslo agreements based on land for peace.

After discussing various items on the agenda, the cabinet then passed a number of resolutions, including approval of negotiations by the Minister of the Interior with the interior minister of the Republic of Uzbekhistan for a security agreement on cooperation against drugs and terrorism.