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 the Saudi leadership's consultations with visiting President of Senegal Abdoulaye Wade. King Fahd then praised the great efforts exerted by the Saudi security forces in foiling several terrorist operations, and the positive cooperation between them and the citizens in confronting terrorism in the Kingdom. He stressed that this sense of trust among security officers, the armed forces, the staff of general intelligence, and ordinary citizens reflects a common concern and dedication to strengthening the country's stability, and a strong stance against anyone who tries to harm the country or its citizens.
On the situation in Iraq, the cabinet, commenting that it has been attentively following the progress of the Transitional Iraqi Governing Council that came into being in response to Article (9) of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1483 calling for the establishment of an interim Iraqi administration as a preliminary step towards the assumption of power in Iraq of a legitimate national government, expressed the wish for the achievement of the aspirations of the Iraqi people.
Regarding the Palestinian issue, the Kingdom hoped that the International Quartet Committee will play an effective and persistent role in supervising the process of the 'roadmap' and the fulfillment of its obligations, given that the Palestinian leadership has demonstrated its seriousness in providing the best circumstances for its implementation and that the various Palestinian groups and their leaders have also expressed their readiness for cooperation in this regard.
Turning to domestic issues, the cabinet passed a number of resolutions, including endorsement of a cooperation agreement on water resources with the Government of the People's Republic of China that was signed on October 21, 2002; endorsement of an agreement on maritime transport with the Government of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan that was signed in Amman on October 15, 2002; and authorization for the Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources or his deputy to discuss with the Secretariat General of the International Energy Forum (IEF) a draft agreement on the headquarters, immunities and privileges of the IEF Secretariat General.