1998 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 attributed the recent visits and inspection tours made by Crown Prince Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard, to the government's constant interest and concern to ascertain the needs of the citizens, saying:  "This is the approach followed by the leadership of this country since the days of its founder King Abdul Aziz Ibn Abdulrahman Al-Saud".

Information Minister Dr. Fouad Ibn Abdulsalaam Al-Farsi reported that the cabinet was briefed by Crown Prince Abdullah on the outcome of his latest tour to Asir Province, conveying the high degree of the feelings of affection and loyalty of the people in that area.  King Fahd then remarked that the renaissance that has been achieved and that covers all fields, educational, scientific, communications, transportation and industry, would not have become a reality if it were not for, firstly, the help of God, and secondly, the day-to-day work of the citizens of this country, empowered by the government to secure the best investment of their abilities and full mobilization of their material and moral capabilities.
Reviewing the latest developments at regional, Islamic and international level, the cabinet discussed the crippled Middle East peace process, and urged its co-sponsors, particularly the United States, to exert utmost efforts to push the peace process forward on its proper track so that all the people of the region enjoy security and stability.  The cabinet called on Israel to seize the current opportunity and respond to the appeal for peace.
Turning to domestic matters, the cabinet made a number of resolutions, including assigning the Interior Minister or his representative to sign a draft agreement on cooperation in the field of security and the fight against drugs between the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the government of the Republic of Turkey.