2001 News Story

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 and briefed the cabinet on the recent tour of Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah to the Federal Republic of Germany, the Kingdom of Sweden, and the Kingdom of Morocco, during which he reiterated the Kingdom's solid and consistent position on the Palestinian issue. Saudi Arabia calls on the international community to respond positively to the appeal for a just and comprehensive peace in the region, according the Palestinian people their legitimate rights including the establishment of their independent state with Al-Quds [Jerusalem] as its capital.

King Fahd went on to stress that visits such as that of the Crown Prince consolidate relations with the countries visited, saying: "These relationships guarantee greater cooperation, and can be expected to be upgraded to commercial partnerships." He added that the Kingdom has always been in the forefront of extending bridges of cooperation with various countries for the good of all.
Turning to domestic matters, the cabinet passed a number of resolutions, including implementation of the penalties prescribed for misuse of official Saudi identity documents, declaring that anyone who allows his ID card or family book or passport to be used by another, either inside or outside the Kingdom, will face penalties as stated in Article 81 of the Civil Status Law of 1407 H [1987]. The cabinet also authorized the Minister of Finance and National Economy or his deputy to sign a draft agreement with the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia on reciprocal exemption of taxation and customs fees for air transportation between the two countries, and approved the annexed statement of tariff-exempted items; and approved the amendment to the Arab League Agreement on the setting up of an Arab Academy for Marine Transportation.