1997 News Story

Council of Ministers meeting

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz today chaired the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers and stated that the Kingdom's National Day [which falls on September 23] celebrates the unification, unity, fraternity and construction of Saudi Arabia.  King Fahd recalled the awareness of [founder of the modern Kingdom] King Abdul Aziz Ibn Abdulrahman Al-Saud of just how much can be achieved, and his success in consolidating the pillars of security and stability, thanks to Almighty God.   Reviewing the reformative approach he adopted, King Fahd cited the numerous studies carried out by historians and researchers at his instigation, and his attempt to transform Saudi society from a dispersed community to an integrated and harmonious citizenry fully cognizant of its rights.

Information Minister Dr. Fouad Al-Farsi reported that King Fahd went on to discuss the concept of National Day and what it means to the citizens of the Kingdom, referring to it as a re-dedication to all that has been built and achieved in every field: political, Islamic, economic, agricultural, social, health and information.  In this connection, King Fahd declared that King Abdul Aziz had taught the significance of citizenship and of stability, and was concerned that his people study jurisprudence and practice an honorable lifestyle, profiting legitimately thereby.  King Fahd reiterated that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will continue the approach followed by King Abdul Aziz in all its policies, domestic and foreign, in addition to adhering to the Islamic faith, assuring the citizens of all their needs and requirements, and enhancing cooperation with the global community.  King Fahd went on to assure all Saudis that the Kingdom will spare no effort to enable them to continue the realization of development through training and education, so as to create strong hands that will hoist the pride of this country high to the sky.
Dr. Al-Farsi added that King Fahd then referred to the 108th session of the Arab Foreign Ministers which was recently held in Cairo, following which the ministers pledged continuation of a united Arab stance as the best way of letting the Israeli government know that the Arab countries will not accept less than the implementation of the UN resolutions demanding full Israeli withdrawal from the occupied Palestinian lands in the West Bank, the Golan Heights, and southern Lebanon, including western Baka'a.  The ministers urged an end to all policies and practices that contradict the essence of the peace process and the accords of Oslo and Madrid, as well as the relevant UN resolutions in this regard, plus elimination from the region of all weapons of mass destruction.  The ministers also denounced all forms of terrorism.