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Council of Ministers meeting

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz today chaired the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers, which welcomed and endorsed the outcome of the extraordinary Arab Summit that concluded its deliberations in Cairo yesterday. The cabinet expressed confidence in the issue by the Summit of several decisions that would realize a unified and strong stance towards the causes of the Arab World, particularly with regard to the recent incidents in Palestine, the sufferings of the Palestinian people and the inhuman Israeli attacks against unarmed civilians.

King Fahd declared that the Arab leaders have chosen the way of a just and comprehensive peace based on the principle of land for peace and in accordance with the resolutions of the United Nations stating that the people of the region should co-exist in peace, security and stability, a matter that can only be with the full compliance of Israel.
Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, who led the Saudi delegation to the Arab Summit on behalf of King Fahd, briefed the cabinet on its outcome, and on the meetings he held with several Arab leaders on its fringes.  King Fahd praised the role played by Crown Prince Abdullah at this Summit in presenting the Kingdom's views, and expressed pleasure that the Summit had adopted the Saudi proposal to establish two funds in support of the Palestinians' intifada  and Al-Aqsa, totaling U.S. $ 1 billion. He noted that the Arab leaders and people received with appreciation the announcement that Saudi Arabia would shoulder one quarter of the financial burden of these two funds, and in addition, would take care of one thousand families of victims of the intifada. The proposal, he said, had as its aim enabling Palestinians to become independent economically and not be dragged into the Israeli economy.
The cabinet expressed the hope that the Arab resolutions would realize the goals of the Arab and Islamic nations, particularly the work towards unity and facing the dangers of Israeli hostility, providing support for the restoration of Arab rights and all kinds of support for the Palestinian people so that they can establish their independent state on their national territory with Al-Quds as its capital.
The cabinet then discussed and welcomed the fact that the Kingdom is hosting later this year an international conference for the handicapped, and the King instructed expedition of the new disabilities act, to be submitted to the cabinet as soon as possible.
The cabinet concluded by passing a number of resolutions, including authorization for the Minister of Higher Education to implement regulations for the organization of clubs for Saudi students overseas; and authorization for the President for Youth Welfare or his deputy to negotiate a draft agreement on sports cooperation with the State of Ukraine.