1997 News Story

Coucil of Ministers meeting

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz presided over the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers today, and announced that the Kingdom’s approach to the integration of environmental and development objectives is based on the principles of Islamic Shari’ah, which call for the conservation of the natural resources of the earth.  King Fahd said that the Ministerial Committee on the Environment, headed by Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz, Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector-General, has drafted the Kingdom’s future development priorities in a document entitled:  “A Working Program For The Twenty-First Century”.

Information Minister Dr. Fouad Al-Farsi reported that King Fahd went on to explain that this document covers the various development sectors and links them to environmental considerations, calling for ideal exploitation and rationalization of natural resources, together with the development of human resources to promote the contribution and the role of Saudi citizens in the development process.  Spotlighting the Kingdom’s major achievements in this field over the past years, in particular the fight against pollution, notably during the war for the liberation of Kuwait, King Fahd affirmed that the Kingdom would continue these efforts to protect the environment and development through active contribution to efforts made by different regional and international concerned bodies such as the UN Earth Conference held in Brazil in 1992, and other regional and Arab forums. 

Referring to developments in the Palestinian situation, the cabinet re-affirmed the Kingdom’s unwavering position in supporting the Palestinians’ right to establish an independent state with Al-Quds (Jerusalem) as its capital, and to regain their full legitimate and national rights in accordance with the UN resolutions, the Madrid conference, and the formula of land-for-peace, within the framework of a comprehensive, lasting and just peace in the region.King Fahd then expressed his condolence to the government and people of Iran on the victims of the recent earthquake there.The cabinet then reviewed the items on its agenda, and adopted a number of resolutions, including approval of two agreements between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Yemen, one on security cooperation and the other concerning combatting illegal trafficking and smuggling of drugs and intoxicants, both of which were signed in Jeddah on July 27, 1996.  The cabinet also approved the renewal for one year of the commercial and economic accord between the Kingdom and Lebanon which was signed in 1970.