1998 News Story

Council of Ministers meeting

Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz today presided over the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers and reiterated the Kingdom's concern that the Saudi-Yemeni Joint Committees [set up for the purpose] settle the remaining demarcation lines of its border with the Republic of Yemen in accordance with the Taif Accord and the [February 1995] memorandum of understanding between the two countries.  Crown Prince Abdullah then briefed the cabinet on the outcome of his talks with Yemen's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Abdul-Qader Bajamal, and on the content of the message the latter conveyed from Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.  Crown Prince Abdullah also briefed the cabinet on the content of a message delivered by United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheikh Rashed Ibn Abdullah from UAE President Sheikh Zayed Ibn Sultan Al-Nahayan.

Crown Prince Abdullah then expressed concern that the derailed Middle East peace process be resumed, saying that its blockage is due to Israel's obstinacy and non-compliance to its commitment towards agreements it has signed with the Palestinian National Authority, and that negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians should be activated on all tracks in order to achieve a fair and comprehensive peace guaranteeing full rights for all, including the establishment of a Palestinian State with Al-Quds [Jerusalem] as its capital.  The Crown Prince also emphasized  the importance of concerted international efforts to break the stalemate of the peace process and reach a real and permanent peace according to UN Security Council resolutions, particularly 242, 338 and 425.
Information Minister Dr. Fuad Al-Farsi reported that the cabinet passed a number of resolutions, including approval of an increase in the Saudi contribution to the capital of the Bahrain Aluminum Company.  The cabinet also issued a number of new regulations concerning non-Saudi personnel in government departments as follows:
A review of non-Saudi personnel in government bodies is to be conducted prior to drawing up new contracts or renewing current contracts.
The contracts of expatriates at grade five or below are not to be renewed unless the jobs are of a technical nature, and then only for a limited period.
No government contract with an expatriate should exceed ten years from the commencement of the original contract;  in the event that distinguished and efficient personnel are needed for longer terms of office, for example in the health sector and in universities, this is to be settled through consultation between the Minister concerned and the head of the Civil Service Commission (CSC).
In renewing an expatriate contract, the government body concerned should attach documents proving that the vacancy had been advertised in local newspapers for at least three months, and that no citizen had been found qualified to fill it.
The CSC and its offices abroad will be in charge of approving contracts and applying for entry visas for those coming from overseas to work for government.
An expatriate whose job has been saudized can only be transferred to another job if this is agreed upon between the relevant administrative authority and the CSC.