Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard, today chaired the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers, and spoke about the Kingdom's policy under the leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz in respect of a number of issues, and how it is being utilized in ongoing efforts to foster Arab unity, promoting it at Islamic and international levels in all domains.
Information Minister Dr. Fouad Bin Abdulsalam Al-Farsi reported that the cabinet was briefed on the signing of the demarcation maps defining the land border between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the State of Qatar, notably the line in the area of Salwa.
Turning to domestic issues, Crown Prince Abdullah focused on the vital issue of water, and urged moderation in its use and prevention of its wastage, referring to its conservation as "a national and religious duty". He remarked on how the Government has been able to provide drinking water to all citizens in spite of the country's harsh weather conditions. It has done this by means of drilling water-wells, establishing 186 dams with a total reservoir capacity of 775 million cubic meters, and setting up about thirty water desalination plants on the Red Sea and the Arabian Gulf, with a daily production capacity that has recently been increased to 800 million gallons. Drawing attention to wastage in the use of water, he called for everyone's participation in the national awareness campaigns for water conservation.
At the international level, the cabinet reiterated its call on India and Pakistan to resolve their on-going dispute through peaceful means, urging India to commit to international resolutions on Kashmir and to solve the conflict in accordance with United Nations resolutions. The cabinet called on the UN Secretary-General to intervene in order to preserve international security and peace.
The cabinet then passed a number of resolutions, including approval of a memorandum of understanding on bilateral consultations between the foreign ministry and that of the Russian Federation, and approval of a draft of the deliberations of meetings of the Saudi Arabian and Syrian committees on customs tariffs held June 13-15, 1998.