1998 News Story

Council of Ministers meeting

Crown Prince Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard, today chaired the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers and noted the importance of taking international measures to pressure Israel to move the peace process from its current deadlock which is the result of Israeli hard-line policies of refusing to implement the signed agreements aimed at ensuring a just, comprehensive and lasting peace for all parties.

Information Minister Dr. Fouad Al-Farsi reported that Crown Prince Abdullah made reference to the criminal act of setting fire to the Al-Aqsa Mosque by hard-line Zionists, the anniversary of which was observed last Friday.  He also referred to Israel's policy of judaization of Jerusalem, which includes changing the demographics of the Holy City and expanding its borders through confiscation of Arab land.  Crown Prince Abdullah affirmed that the Kingdom totally rejects any measure or policy which affects this Holy City and attempts to change its Arab identity, and stated that Saudi Arabia, under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, supports the Palestinian people in their attempts to regain all their rights, including the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has previously condemned and deplored the two explosions at the U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania as terrorist acts which violate all religious values and ethical principles as well as causing the deaths of innocent people, spreading destruction and enlarging the circle of violence.  The cabinet noted that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in this context, insists on the importance of taking all international legal measures to combat violence and confront entities which provide terrorists with shelter.  The Kingdom believes that the only way to combat terrorism effectively is through international actions within the framework of the United Nations;  only this can bring about the elimination of terrorism and achieve security and stability for all, as well as secure the sovereignty of states and reaffirm the resolution on combating terrorism adopted by the Eighth Islamic Summit of the Organization of the Islamic Conference.
The Kingdom understands the objectives behind the measures aimed at striking bases that train and develop terrorists, but wishes to express its concern over the potential consequences of this action.  Saudi Arabia, therefore, reiterates the necessity of dealing with such situations within the mechanisms of the United Nations.  The government of Saudi Arabia strongly condemns all provocative statements and irresponsible acts whose intentions are to destabilize the security of states and terrorize people.  The Kingdom also reaffirms that such actions are far removed from the principles of Islam and its noble values and that these actions do not represent the values of Muslims.  The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia reaffirms its stand which condemns terrorism in all its forms.