Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz today presided over the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers, and expressed his appreciation of the statement recently adopted by the United Nations security council, nullifying implementation of the so-called 'Grand Jerusalem Project' which the current Israeli government was set to execute in the occupied Arab Al-Quds [Jerusalem]. Describing the Israeli policy as dangerous, and detrimental to the Middle East peace process, King Fahd urged the security council, the co-sponsors of the peace talks, and the international community to undertake their responsibilities to prevent flagrant violations by the Israeli government of the security council's resolutions, particularly number 252 pertaining to the Holy City of Al-Quds.
Information Minister Dr. Fuad Ibn Abdulsalam Al-Farsi reported that King Fahd drew attention to the importance and necessity of finding a solution to the problem of Jerusalem, and guaranteeing the preservation of its legal and demographic status as it was before June 1997.
The cabinet then discussed a number of domestic matters, particularly those pertaining to services for the benefit of both citizens and expatriates, and passed a number of resolutions, including granting the Cement Company of the Southern Region a 30-year concession to exploit limestone and other raw materials in the vicinity of Mount Al-Shahdan in the Al-Mahawi Valley southwest of the city of Bisha in Asir Province, provided that there is no environmental impact and that any archeological site is preserved. The cabinet also endorsed the appointment for four years of the government representatives on the Board of Directors of the Saudi Arabian Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) as follows: the Minister of Industry and Electricity as chairman, with Mohammed Ibn Hamad Al-Madhi as vice chairman and Dr. Jubara Ibn Eid Al-Sureisiri, Mohammed Ibn Ali Al-Musallam, and Ahmed Ibn Ibrahim Al-Hakami as delegated members.