Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz Al-Saud today presided over the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers and reiterated his call for the Muslim world to close its ranks, saying that the only way to overcome the current state of affliction, disputes and misery is to strictly adhere to the teachings of Islam, and to apply the principles of the Holy Qur'an and the Sunnah (sayings and deeds) of the Prophet Muhammad. King Fahd expressed regret and pain at the situation in the Islamic world, remarking that, given the great blessings granted them by God, Muslim nations should be able to overcome the threats facing them through constructive dialogue and fraternal understanding which would prevent foes from driving wedges among them.
Information Minister Dr. Fouad Abdulsalaam Al-Farsi reported that King Fahd went on to underscore the importance of coordination in the Islamic world, and of exploitation of all its capabilities for the security, stability and prosperity of its peoples, which can only be reached through enhancing efforts and unifying ranks for the benefit of present and future generations. Dr. Al-Farsi said the cabinet then reviewed with great interest the proceedings of the Israeli-Palestinian summit in the United States, which began last Thursday. The cabinet paid tribute to the strenuous mediation efforts exerted by the U.S. administration to bring the two parties together; and expressed the hope that the Maryland meetings would bring the Middle East peace process out of its current impasse and realize the fair demands of the Palestinian people.
Turning to domestic matters, the cabinet issued a number of decisions, including approval for the Ministry of Industry and Electricity to initiate the first phase of the project to link power grids in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states; and approval of a fifth increase in the Kingdom's contributions to the capital of the African Development Bank, the U.S. $ 1.3 million to be paid in eight annual installments from the resources of the Saudi Development Bank.