Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz today chaired the regular weekly
session of the Council of Ministers, and briefed the cabinet on the contents of his talks
with Emir of the State of Bahrain Sheikh Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa during the latter's visit
to Riyadh, which, he said, reflects the "firmness and depth of the relations binding the
two peoples". He went on to state that Saudi Arabia and Bahrain both work to realize the
welfare and prosperity of Arab and Islamic nations as well as of all the member states of
the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). He confirmed that the two countries share identical
views with regard to international events, since both work for fairness to all and the
realization of world security and stability.
Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector-General Prince
Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz then briefed the cabinet on the outcome of his talks with the defense
minister of the Republic of France Alain Richard, indicating that relations between the two
countries were distinguished and that both countries seek mutual benefit for their peoples.
Turning to domestic issues, the cabinet approved the renewal of the commercial and economic
agreement concluded between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Syrian Arab Republic for
one more year, effective November 4, 1999.