1999 News Story

Council of Ministers meeting

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz yesterday presided over the regular

weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers, and reiterated his desire to see  peace all over the world,

urging the international community to extend greater efforts to push ahead the peace process in the

Middle East, where Israel is putting obstacles in front of any positive step forward.   He stressed that

Arab countries stand for a just, comprehensive and durable peace that would ensure the aspirations of

all in security and stability.

Information Minister Dr. Fouad Al-Farsi reported that the cabinet went on to stress the need for drastic

measures by the international community to stop the massacres and criminal acts of terror that are

being perpetrated in Kosovo by the Serbs.  The King then  briefed the cabinet on his talks with

Lebanese Prime Minister Dr. Salim Al-Hoss, which reflected the strength and depth of the relations

between the Kingdom and Lebanon.
Expressing the cabinet's pain and sorrow at the death of King Hussein, King Fahd stated: "The Kingdom

of Saudi Arabia, which has strong relations with brotherly Jordan, expresses its condolences to King

Abdullah Bin Al-Hussein, King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, to the royal family and the

brotherly people of Jordan, on the death of King Hussein, who was a good brother and friend and a

distinguished personality, and whose death will affect not only the people of Jordan, but all Arab and

Islamic nations, and the entire world."  The cabinet extended good wishes to King Abdullah Bin

Al-Hussein in following in King Hussein's footsteps, stressing that the Kingdom stands beside Jordan in

this critical situation.
Turning to domestic issues, the cabinet adopted a number of resolutions, including approval of the

recommendations of the committee on environment concerning drafting a mass media policy on the

scientific facts of the phenomena of weather changes, and formulating general guidelines for Saudi

delegations participating in conferences on the environment, in order to present consistent information

on the Kingdom's position on environmental affairs.