Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz today chaired the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers and reiterated the Kingdom's categorical rejection and strong denunciation of terrorism, pointing out that Saudi Arabia is governed by shari'ah [Islamic Law] and that its constitution is based on the Holy Qur'an and the sunnah [sayings of the Prophet Muhammad], which expressly forbid the killing of innocent people and attacks on civilians. King Fahd attested to the Kingdom's utter condemnation of the reprehensible and inhuman bombings that last week devastated public and government buildings in the U.S. cities of New York and Washington DC. He went on to express profound sorrow and extend condolences to the President of the United States, and to the families and friends of the victims lost in Tuesday's terrorist acts, adding that acts like these are rejected by all religions.
King Fahd also reiterated the Kingdom's support for and cooperation with the United States in combating all kinds of terrorism, and stressed that Saudi Arabia repudiates any of its nationals who are linked to terrorism. He appealed to media everywhere to transmit true facts to the public, and to avoid making random accusations against Islam, repeating that faithful Muslims would never commit acts that contradict their principles.
The cabinet then expressed thanks to U.S. President George W. Bush for the understanding he has demonstrated towards the plea of Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz that he not allow provocation of American public opinion against Arabs and Muslims residing in the United States, and that he caution against media speculations and biased analyses that refer to them as masterminding or supporting such acts.
Turning to domestic matters, the cabinet passed a number of resolutions, including endorsement of the security cooperation agreement with the Islamic Republic of Iran; endorsement of the immunities and privileges relating to the international tribunal for maritime law; ratification of the final documents of the conference of the International Telecommunications Union held in Minneapolis, USA, in 1998; and approval of private sector road construction regulations.