1998 News Story

Council of Ministers meeting

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz today presided over the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers and congratulated Crown Prince Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard, on the success of his recently-concluded official tour of seven countries on three continents. The aims of the tour were to support Islamic and Arab causes, particularly that of the Holy City of Al-Quds [Jerusalem], as well as to enhance and consolidate the relations of these countries with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. King Fahd stated that the policy of expressing the Kingdom's desire to discuss issues pertaining to the Arab and Islamic worlds before raising any bilateral issues, which was carried out by Crown Prince Abdullah during these visits and during his meetings with Arab ambassadors and Islamic communities and minorities, emanates from the firm principles that Saudi Arabia has held ever since it was established.

Information Minister Dr. Fuad Ibn Abdulsalaam Al-Farsi reported that King Fahd went on to say that, in particular, the clear understanding of and good response to the cause of Palestine and peace in the Middle East that was expressed by the friendly and sisterly countries which the Crown Prince visited, would contribute to the support of the endeavors towards the realization of peace, security and stability world-wide. The King confirmed that the way Crown Prince Abdullah presented the issue of peace in the region in meetings with the leaders of these countries constituted a serious Arab endeavor to realize fair and durable peace, security and stability, based on international laws and norms guaranteeing the rights of all parties. King Fahd expressed pleasure at hearing from Crown Prince Abdullah that Islamic communities and minorities abroad are happy with the freedom they enjoy in these countries, emphasizing that the Kingdom would always stand by them to overcome any difficulty they might face and provide continuous support to them, since they are carrying the flag of Islam and advocating its cause of moderation and prudence.
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques confirmed the Kingdom's desire that negotiations be resumed on the Syrian and Lebanese tracks, suspended due to Israel's procrastination and the obstacles it has laid down, and emphasized the importance of implementation of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 425 pertaining to Lebanon.
Turning to domestic matters, the cabinet passed a number of resolutions, including approval that the Head of the Saudi-Korean Joint Commission would be at the Foreign Minister level, that its meetings would be held alternately in each country, and that the Deputy Ministers for Finance and National Economy would participate; endorsement that the Head of Public Intelligence be added to the National Commission for Implementation of the Agreement for Banning the Invention, Production, Storage, and Use of Chemical Weapons; and approval of a new Board of Directors, effective upon the expiration of the current Board, of the Saudi Railway Organization (SRO), with the Minister of Communications as Chairman, and having as members SRO's General President, and representatives from the Ministries of Commerce, Finance and National Economy, and Petroleum and Mineral Resources, plus two experienced Saudi businessmen to be nominated by the Minister of Communications and appointed by the Council of Ministers.