Presiding tonight over the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz congratulated the Islamic World on the advent of the blessed month of Ramadan, the month that brings Muslims closer to God through fasting, prayer, good deeds, and avoidance of all that is contrary to Islamic Shariah [Law]. He called on all Muslims to grasp the benefits of this blessed month by taking a sincere stance, reviewing what they have offered to themselves, their society and their nation in embodiment of its ennobling image, and demonstrating mercy, sympathy, support, amiability and cooperation in good deeds and piety.
King Fahd went on to stress the need for all Muslims to benefit from these blessed days by working hard to overcome the difficulties, struggles and troubles facing certain Islamic countries and by directing themselves towards greater cooperation and solidarity, united in word and with ranks closed. He renewed his greetings to the citizens of this land, and to those residing in the Kingdom, and to the leaders and people of the Islamic world, on the occasion of this blessed month, wishing them success in achieving their aspirations for strengthening their common interests.
The cabinet was then briefed on the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories, the killing and wounding of unarmed Palestinian people by the oppressive Israeli army using a variety of weapons and military machines, and noted that Israel in such acts neglects the simplest rule of human rights and contradicts all the agreements that have been reached in international conventions, treaties and resolutions. King Fahd reaffirmed that what the Palestinians are now subjected to requires that the international community stand up against the Israeli oppression and intransigence and put pressure on Tel Aviv to comply with the implementation of these agreements and the relevant resolutions of the United Nations. He stressed the role of the United States of America in its capacity as a sponsor of peace in the region and those of the Europeans, the United Nations, and all peace-loving countries.
Turning to domestic matters, the cabinet adopted a number of resolutions, including approval of regulations concerning publications and press releases; approval of the regulations concerning private colleges; and authorization of the Minister of Interior or his deputy to sign the UN draft agreement on combating organized crime.