1997 News Story

Council of Ministers meeting

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz today presided over the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers and commended the progress of the network of highways in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, referring to the planned road linking Qassim Province with Madinah, Yanbu and Rabigh, the foundation stone of which was laid last week by Crown Prince Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard, as one more accomplishment for the Kingdom's infrastructure.  The length of Saudi Arabia's network of all kinds of roads is now more than 120,000 kilometers.   King Fahd added that this new highway gives benefits not only for the Kingdom's economic growth, but also to the guests of God, the pilgrims and visitors to the Prophet's Mosque.

Information Minister Dr. Fouad Al-Farsi reported that King Fahd went on to review the achievements realized in the transportation sector as well as roads that are planned or under construction that will link all parts of this vast country, and to state that it will witness even greater development based on its economic and social importance.

King Fahd then expressed thanks and appreciation to all citizens on the occasion of the 65th National Day for their faithfulness and for the continued solidarity that has characterized the relationship between the Kingdom's leadership and people ever since the days of its founder King Abdul Aziz.  He also thanked the many world leaders who sent congratulations.

Turning to a number of issues both domestic and foreign, King Fahd stressed the Kingdom's concern to realize more fruitful and constructive cooperation with all sisterly and friendly countries, and greater enhancement of mutual cooperation in all fields of general welfare, emphasizing the importance of security and stability in this vital region of the world, a matter which obligates all peace-loving countries, particularly the cosponsors of the peace process, the United States of America and the Republic of Russia, to exert efforts with all honesty and earnestness to realize a just and comprehensive peace, represented by the establishment of a Palestinian state with the Holy City of Al-Quds [Jerusalem] as its capital, and by the restoration of the Arab territories of the Golan Heights and the southern part of Lebanon in accordance with international resolutions, the Oslo Agreement, and the Madrid Conference.

In conclusion, Dr. Al-Farsi reported that the cabinet then made a number of resolutions, including approval for the Kingdom, represented by the Saudi Arabian Standards Organization (SASO) to participate as a member in the International ElectroTech Commission.