Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz today chaired the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers and praised the accomplishments of the Consultative Council (Majlis Al-Shura), commenting that since its establishment the Shura Council had presented consistent views, ideas and proposals while reviewing bills and draft agreements, and this had paved the way for relevant decisions to be made that are of benefit to the nation and its citizens. King Fahd expressed his appreciation for the efforts of the Council's outgoing members, and wished them well in their future careers.
King Fahd also commended the decisions taken by the Higher Economic Council (HEC) at yesterday's meeting under the chairmanship of Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, including considerable cuts in customs tariffs. He paid tribute to HEC's achievements targeting the development of mechanisms for the Kingdom's economic growth.
King Fahd then briefed the cabinet on his talks with President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, and with Lebanon's Prime Minister Rafiq Al-Hariri, which focused not only on enhancing bilateral relations, but on the sufferings of the Palestinian people under Israel's attacks, which have brought the daily killings and loss of property to an unprecedented toll. The cabinet reiterated the Kingdom's stance in support of the Palestinian people in gaining all their legitimate rights. Saudi Arabia again appeals to the international community to put pressure on Israel to cease its aggression against the unarmed people of Palestine.
Turning to domestic issues, the cabinet passed a number of resolutions, including approval of the recommendations of the ad hoc committee on propane gas distribution that the National Company of Gas and Industrialization carry out its role in accordance with its economic feasibility; that the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources supervise and approve all technical specifications of gas pipelines; and that the Ministry of Commerce follow up the work of the Company to ensure that it is giving the best service to consumers. The cabinet also approved the system of telecommunications and the organization of the Saudi Telecommunications Company (STC), and issued regulations on settling the status of employees scheduled to be transferred to it from the Ministry of Posts, Telegraphs and Telephones, endorsing the release of economic and financial statements and other reports on a regular basis. The cabinet also authorized the Minister of Communications or his deputy to discuss with the Kingdom of Morocco draft agreements to organize both land and marine transportation for goods and passengers between the two countries within the framework of the Saudi-Moroccan Joint Commission.