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, the first after the Hajj season, and extended his personal congratulations to the pilgrims who successfully concluded their rituals this year, wishing them a safe return home. King Fahd went on to pay tribute to all government and private bodies that contributed to enabling the pilgrimage to be performed with ease and success, and urged all Islamic countries to exert greater efforts to enlighten their pilgrims on what they have to do prior to their travel to Saudi Arabia.

King Fahd then briefed the cabinet on the official talks he held recently with Emir of Bahrain Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, during which they discussed bilateral relations between the two countries and developments in the region. The cabinet expressed profound pleasure at the ending, through international arbitration, of a long-standing border dispute between Bahrain and Qatar.
Turning to domestic matters, the cabinet approved a recommendation from the Ministry of Posts, Telegrams and Telephones to reduce charges for domestic telephone calls, calling on that Ministry, together with the Ministry of Finance and National Economy, to work out the details of this plan, and also to set prices for satellite connections for cell phones. The cabinet also approved a system for the sale of unregistered and dismantled vehicles, and authorized the Minister of Higher Education or his deputy to sign draft memoranda of cooperation with French and British universities.