1997 News Story

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 announced that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia rejects the resolution adopted last week by the U.S. Congress to recognize Al-Quds [Jerusalem] as the unified capital of Israel, and to allocate the sum of one million U.S. dollars for moving the American Embassy there from Tel Aviv. The Kingdom expresses appreciation, however, to the declared position undertaken by the administration of President Bill Clinton to oppose the resolution, which runs counter to the basic attitudes of peace the international community is trying to establish.

Information Minister Dr. Fouad Al-Farsi reported that King Fahd made it clear that the congressional resolution would only delay current efforts to revive the Middle East peace process and to save it from the dilemma caused by the obstacles put up by the Israeli government.

Turning to the development of human resources in the Kingdom, King Fahd reviewed the plans for various educational, training and rehabilitation establishments, and called on the private sector to cooperate with them, particularly in the area of Saudization of the workforce.

The cabinet then passed a number of resolutions, including approval for the Foreign Minister to negotiate with the government of the Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina on a draft general agreement for cooperation in the areas of economics, commerce, investment, technology, culture, youth and sports, similar to those signed with a number of former Soviet independent Islamic states. In addition, the cabinet approved renewal of an agreement for technical cooperation on the project of financial deposits with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for five years as of August 1, 1996, with a royal decree issued accordingly.