2003 News Story

Cabient meeting

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz today chaired the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers, which welcomed the announcement on Saturday by Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz of the King's approval for the establishment of the King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue, commenting that the Center will contribute to the creation of a channel for objective expression and the fostering of a climate that could give birth to wise positions and illustrious ideas from the country's ulema (religious scholars), intellectuals, and the educated, based on faithful adherence to the Islamic religion and the unity of the homeland.

King Fahd then expressed his great appreciation for the efforts exerted by ordinary citizens as well as security personnel in tracking down the remnants of the criminal groups who have been terrorizing the security of the people and threatening the stability of the homeland; and for the serious and persistent work towards eradicating the roots of terrorism and strengthening the pillars of security. The King reaffirmed the role assigned to, and requested from, not only the ulema, shaikhs, the educated, intellectuals, and influential men of opinion, but also all families and society as a whole, in enlightening young people about Islam's moderation and its tolerant teachings; and pointed to the necessity of exhorting them to shun extremism, deviant ideas and delusions that have no link whatsoever to Islam's values and teachings. The King stressed that every Muslim who follows the Prophet's guidance should be a propagator of the truth, realize the service of Islam in accordance with its teachings, be aware of any harm against Muslims, and absolutely reject any abnormal and deviant ideology alien to this religion. The King pointed out that the goal of such deviant groups is not religious, but aims at spreading degeneration on earth while killing innocent people, adopting abnormal and destructive ideas and implanting libertinism in the minds of a few young people who are unaware of their grave mistakes and the crimes they perpetrate. The cabinet reiterated the Kingdom's inalienable stand on combating terrorism and its continual cooperation with the international community to uproot it.
On the Palestinian issue, the cabinet noted that Israel's building of security fences in the West Bank is not conducive to implementation of the 'roadmap'.
Turning to domestic issues, the cabinet passed a number of resolutions, including approval of measures taken regarding implementation of the agreement on prohibition of the introduction, production, storage and utilization of chemical weapons and the need to destroy such weapons.