2001 News Story

Cabinet meeting

Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz today chaired the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers, which was briefed on visits made to sister countries by a number of Saudi officials, and on talks co-chaired by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz and visiting Emir of Qatar Shaikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani. Commenting on the distinguished relations that exist among the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Crown Prince Abdullah observed that the Saudi-Qatari talks focused on current developments and their repercussions on the region.

Crown Prince Abdullah then called on the international community, given that it claims to be fighting terrorism in all its forms, to condemn Israel's aggressive acts against the Palestinians and their property. He urged the international community to show a firm stance in the face of the state terrorism practiced by Israel against the Palestinian people, and to take the necessary measures to halt such aggressive actions. He stressed the importance of all efforts, particularly those of peace-sponsoring countries, to stop Israeli aggression, force the occupying forces to pull out of Palestinian territories, and resume the peace process in accordance with the principles agreed upon in Madrid, the related agreements signed later, and the United Nations resolutions concerning the occupied Arab territories.
Turning to domestic matters, the cabinet passed a number of resolutions, including authorization for the President of Youth Welfare or his deputy to discuss a draft agreement with the Malay Republic on cooperation in the field of youth and sports; and suspension of an earlier resolution to reward, in cash or in kind, the donation of blood, in accordance with World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations in Abu-Dhabi in 1997 and at the WHO regional conference in Tehran in 1999. The cabinet also resolved not to allow foreign vehicles to enter or pass through the Kingdom unless insured against third party risk, and to permit licensed Saudi insurance companies to provide insurance for drivers provided that such companies are capable of and efficient in meeting the requirements of this kind of insurance. The cabinet ordered insurance companies to provide third party insurance to all drivers without exception and authorized the Ministry of Interior to supervise the gradual implementation of the order, and to assess its outcome, submitting a final report on it to the cabinet within three years of the date of its enforcement.