Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz today chaired the weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers, and briefed the cabinet on the Sharm El-Sheikh Summit held in Egypt last Tuesday. The cabinet expressed its thanks and appreciation that the Crown Prince had clearly presented at the Summit the Kingdom's stance in support of the Palestinian issue and people and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Al-Quds [East Jerusalem] as its capital.
The Crown Prince also informed the cabinet of his consultations on the sidelines of the recent Summit in Evian, France, of the Group of Eight Industrialized Countries, during which he presented viewpoints that reflected the political and economic situation in the region and emphasized the need for concerted international effort in the war on terrorism. He also stressed the Kingdom's clear and firm stand condemning terrorism in all its forms, and its support for all international measures to combat it; and, taking note of the government's diligent pursuit of the eradication of terrorism, praised the achievements of the Kingdom's security authorities and the positive cooperation of citizens and residents.
After discussing regional events such as the Middle East Summit in Aqaba attended by U.S. President George W. Bush and Jordan's King Abdullah II as well as the Palestinian and Israeli sides, the cabinet called for a unified international effort in pressuring Israel to end its occupation, and for the establishment of a Palestinian state on its national soil in accordance with the relevant United Nations resolutions.
Turning to domestic issues, the cabinet passed a number of resolutions, including endorsement of the air transport agreement with Cyprus signed in Jeddah on April 22, 2002. The cabinet also endorsed the Copyright Law approved by the Consultative Council (Majlis Al-Shura). The Law is designed to protect indigenous original intellectual creations in the fields of literature, arts, and science, including books, lectures, plastic arts, architectural designs, computer programs, translations, summaries and encyclopedia, but exempting judicial regulations and daily news items published in newspapers, magazines and broadcasting stations, with folklore considered public ownership, sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Information. This Law will be effective six months after its publication in the official gazette, replacing the former law.