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 consultations he had exchanged with leaders of sisterly countries on issues of interest to the Kingdom, notably the current situation in the Middle East. He reiterated the Saudi position condemning the ongoing suffering of the Palestinians as a result of continued Zionist attacks on their land and on their very existence, stressing that these blatant aggressive practices would only strengthen the Palestinians in their insistence on their legitimate right to establish their independent state on their national soil with Al-Quds [Jerusalem] as its capital, and on the restoration of all their legitimate rights in accordance with the relevant United Nations resolutions. The cabinet called on international as well as Arab communities to support the Palestinian people in their struggle against Israeli aggression.

Turning to domestic issues, King Fahd repeated his concern that citizens and expatriates in the Kingdom be responsive to calls by the authorities concerned to rationalize the use of both water and electricity. He referred to media campaigns conducted by the Ministry of Agriculture and Water, and by the Ministry of Industry and Electricity aimed at the rationalization, conservation and optimal consumption of these two vital elements in order to ensure that they remain available to everyone who resides in the Kingdom.
The cabinet then passed a resolution, applicable to new roads with immediate effect, on the construction and safety of highways, decreeing specific widths, inclusive of safety shoulders, for government highways and for roads on privately-owned land outside urban centers. Measurements of roads located within the planning designs of urban centers are determined by the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs.