1997 News Story

Council of Ministers meeting

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz yesterday presided over the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers and highlighted the efforts of the General Presidency for Youth Welfare in organizing local and international contests for literary and sporting activities. Today, after reviewing a report submitted to him by Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz, President of the General Presidency for Youth Welfare, King Fahd issued a statement praising the responsibility it is undertaking in charting out programs and providing adequate services and facilities to promote the potential of the Kingdom's young people and enable them to acquire talents in the spheres of sports, culture, and social services under the guidance of Islamic shariah. King Fahd also commended the efforts the Presidency has made to set up integrated sports cities that feature halls, camps, popular arenas, and well-equipped clubs where young people can spend their leisure time while promoting awareness of Arab and Islamic affairs.

Minister of Information Dr. Fouad Al-Farsi reported that yesterday King Fahd reviewed with the cabinet the youth services realized during the Fifth Development Plan and the beginning of the Sixth Development Plan, that is, the establishment of the necessary and advanced infrastructure for service of the youth sector. King Fahd then praised the Saudi cultural societies and literary clubs for projecting the advanced level of the Saudi literature and culture as well as spreading publications of Saudi writers and intellectuals. He said these organizations serve as a window reflecting to the world our pure and immaculate culture which calls for brotherhood and close relations with Arab Islamic and friendly nations.
Commenting on the outcome of the 16th session of the OIC Committee on Al-Quds (Jerusalem) held recently in Rabat, King Fahd highlighted the remarkable efforts of its chairman King Hassan of Morocco and his confirmation that Al-Quds is an indivisible part of the Palestinian territories. In this regard King Fahd appealed to the international community to force Israel to cease excavation works around Al-Quds and refrain from establishing settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. King Fahd also expressed the Kingdom's full support of the Rome Declaration on Jerusalem adopted by the International Symposium on Al-Quds.
On the other hand the cabinet expressed support of the outcome of the meeting of the ministerial council of the League of Arab States in Cairo which called on Israel to comply with United Nations security council resolutions and halt settlement activities as well as dismantle the existing settlements.
On the domestic level King Fahd ordered the concerned ministers to intensify efforts for providing the best services to the pilgrims and enabling them to perform the Hajj rituals in ease and comfort.
After reviewing the items on its agenda, the cabinet approved the Arab Declaration for Combating Illegal Activities against the Safety of Civil Aviation which was endorsed by the Arab Ministers of Transport in Baghdad in 1990. The council also approved an agreement between the Kingdom and China on the encouragement and mutual protection of investments.