1999 News Story

Council of Ministers meeting

Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National

Guard, today presided over the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers, which

passed a resolution allowing farmers to re-export to neighboring countries surplus

government-subsidized agricultural equipment. Such equipment includes rolling irrigation

systems, harvesters, and seeding machinery, in accordance with regulations set up by the

Ministry of Finance and National Economy.  The cabinet assigned a committee to be

established with representatives from the Agricultural Bank as well as the Ministry of

Agriculture and Water, and the Ministry of Finance and National Economy, to conduct a

two-year feasibility study on the re-export of other agricultural equipment.

Crown Prince Abdullah, on behalf of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul

Aziz, in his own name, and in that of the people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, expressed

deep feelings of sorrow and grief at the loss of King Hassan of Morocco, who died in Rabat

on Friday, and extended condolences to his family and to the people of Morocco. The Crown

Prince declared that a great leader has been lost to the Arab and Islamic worlds, one who

always devoted his time, effort and energy for their causes.  He then wished King Muhammad

Bin Hassan every success in leading his country to prosperity.
Crown Prince Abdullah then briefed the cabinet on his inspection tour of Taif last week,

and on the development achievements accomplished there in various fields.
Turning to international affairs, the cabinet reiterated the Kingdom’s support for the fair

causes of all people, and confirmed that it would spare no effort to enhance security and

stability throughout the world while upholding Arab and Islamic rights.