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, and briefed the cabinet on the consultations he had held with leaders and envoys of Arab, Islamic, and other friendly countries, focusing on the situation in the region particularly in the Palestinian occupied territories and ways of putting an end to the suffering daily faced by the Palestinian people as a result of Israel's repeated aggression.
The cabinet, after being briefed on the successful efforts to eradicate terrorism and its supporters, praised the cooperation between citizens and the concerned security forces, and affirmed that the responsibility for maintaining the Kingdom's security should be shouldered by all, in order to protect Saudi Arabia and its citizens from the danger of ideologies that are alien to them, and to fortify its young people against such ideologies. The cabinet went on to stress the important role of families, homes, schools, universities, mosques, Muslim scholars, intellectuals, the mass media and all sincere influential people in correcting thoughts that are alien to the society and in clarifying the truth and the system, which is based on the Holy Qur'an and the Sunnah (traditions of the Prophet). The Crown Prince took the opportunity, at the end of the academic year, to congratulate students on their results, express appreciation of their efforts in earning an education, and to urge them all to make use of their leisure time during the summer vacation for the benefit of society.
Turning to domestic issues, the cabinet passed a number of resolutions, including approval of a draft agreement on economic, commercial, investment and technical cooperation with the Republic of Ukraine that was signed in Riyadh on January 18, 2003; and endorsement of the Veterinary Quarantine Law passed in Manama by the 21st Summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the executive regulations of which will be issued by the Minister of Agriculture within 90 days from the issuance of the Law. The new Law covers the import and export of all kinds of livestock, their products and remains, and fodder for them, and bars the entry of any animal involved in an epidemic.