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Council of Ministers meeting

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz today presided over the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers, and expressed his good wishes for the success of the ongoing Ninth Islamic Summit in Doha, Qatar, attesting to its importance in light of current developments and the challenges facing the Muslim World's most chronic issues, including the dire need for greater Islamic solidarity. He went on to express confidence that the Islamic leaders would reach effective and decisive resolutions in the cause of the Muslim World, realizing its aspirations, and portraying the bright realities of Islam that call for fraternity, development, peace, progress and goodness.

King Fahd praised the crucial role being played by the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) through its multilateral organizations, which are instrumental in the cause of cooperation among Muslim countries and in support of joint Islamic action, and noted the Kingdom's support for OIC and its branches.
The cabinet was then briefed on the latest developments, including irresponsible practices resulting from Israel's brutal attacks against the Palestinian people. King Fahd stressed the importance of the international community taking a clear stance in order to deter the flagrant aggression of the Israeli occupation forces against unarmed Palestinians, and halt the killing of innocent women, children, and the elderly, adding that the role of the United States would be more effective if it were free of Israeli pressure.
Turning to domestic matters, the cabinet approved the Social Insurance Bill, and formed a committee comprised of the Minister of Interior as chairman, and with as members, the Minister of Civil Service, the Minister of Finance and National Economy, and Minister of State and Cabinet Member Dr. Musaed Al-Eiban, to study coordination between the two systems for civil and military retirement, and social insurance, and to reach a firm basis for the exchange of benefits among them.