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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 expressed the support of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to any Islamic meeting which aims at unifying the ranks of the Muslims, realizing their solidarity, and working to enhance the strong foundations of the pillars of Islam in accordance with the Holy Qur’an and the Sunnah (traditions) of the Prophet.

On behalf of the Saudi government and people, King Fahd expressed full satisfaction over the outcome of the extraordinary Islamic summit held on Sunday in Islamabad, Pakistan, saying he felt that it will renew Muslims’ confidence in themselves and enable them, with God’s help, to utilize their resources in realizing economic, cultural and social integration based on the guidance provided by the Holy Qur’an. 

Information Minister Dr. Fuad Al-Farsi reported that King Fahd reiterated the Kingdom’s support of the outcome of the summit, praising in this context the efforts exerted by Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard, who headed the Kingdom’s delegation to Islamabad, where he conveyed the King’s appreciation to the heads and representatives of the member states of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC).

Dr. Al-Farsi went on to report King Fahd’s statement that the Kingdom had been following with deep concern the continuing violations being committed by the Israeli authorities against the city of Jerusalem, its holy places and its citizens, which constitutes a challenge to all international charters and resolutions that prohibit Israel from making any change in the territories it has occupied since 1967, which include the city of Jerusalem.  The Palestinian cause is considered to be the essence of Arab and Islamic causes, and consequently, the Kingdom has called for, and will continue to call for, the realization of a comprehensive, just and durable peace in the region.  King Fahd declared:  “This peace will not be realized unless the Palestinian people acquire their just rights, including an independent state on their national territory, the return of Jerusalem, the termination of Israel’s expansionist policies aimed at establishing new settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories, and an end to the tyrannical Israeli practices against the Palestinian people.”

Dr. Al-Farsi reported that the cabinet then discussed other issues, including approval of the special amendment to the 1974 international agreement on the safety of personnel on the high seas which had been inserted in the agreement during a conference held at the headquarters of the international maritime organization in London from May 17 to 24, 1994, with the addition of new chapters to its annexes.