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 urged the international community to put pressure on Israel to comply with the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council, and in particular number 425 stipulating Israeli withdrawal from occupied Lebanese territories.  The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia believes that the implementation of this resolution, and others similar to it, will positively contribute to easing the tension in the region, give an impetus to the peace process in line with agreements concluded by the Palestinian and Israeli sides, and put an end to the frequent Israeli aggression.

Information Minister Dr. Fouad Al-Farsi reported that King Fahd reiterated the Kingdom's opposition to all kinds of terrorism, which undermines the pillars of security, stability and development, and advocated effective international cooperation to confront terrorism so as to enable human society to live peacefully.

King Fahd went on to congratulate the close to five million students throughout the Kingdom on the occasion of the new academic year that started on Saturday, September 6, and expressed the hope that the educational process in the country would yield positive results, reaffirming the Kingdom's determination to give top priority to the educational and training sector.  King Fahd, who was the first Saudi Minister of Education, noted that the Kingdom has made tremendous strides in this area, and that those students who graduated earlier now constitute the solid base on which the Saudi society depends in diverse spheres - religious, economic, scientific, social and cultural.  Calling to mind the budget allocation for human resources for the current fiscal year of more than SR 41 billion (U.S. $ 10.9 billion), King Fahd urged all students to benefit from the facilities available, and all members of the academic staff to exert every possible effort to foster high educational standards.

The cabinet then adopted a number of resolutions, including the approval of recommendations submitted by the ministerial committee for the handicapped concerning encouragement of the private sector to contribute to providing them with the best care;  and approval of the agreement which was signed on February 22, 1997 between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Kingdom of Belgium on reciprocal exemption of taxes on income and profit as well as import and insurance dues on international air transport.