Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz today chaired the regular weekly session of the Council of Ministers, and briefed the cabinet on the talks he and Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, had held with President of Egypt Mohammed Hosni Mubarak. The two sides, he said, had expressed deep concern over the development of events and the effect on the international arena if there is resort to military action in the Iraqi crisis. King Fahd then briefed the cabinet on their talks with President of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma, that also dealt with international developments, particularly the situation in the Middle East. The cabinet was also briefed on the message the Crown Prince had received from President of Syria Dr. Bashar Al-Assad that was delivered to him by Syrian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Farouq Al-Sharaa, and on talks Crown Prince Abdullah had with Prime Minister of Jordan Ali Abu Al-Ragheb.
The cabinet renewed its call for continuing the search for a peaceful solution to the Iraqi crisis within the framework of the United Nations and Iraq's commitment to implementing the relevant UN resolutions in order to save the Iraqi people from the detrimental consequences resulting from any military confrontation.
Discussing the deteriorating situation in Palestine and Israel's continued aggression against the Palestinian people that poses a blatant challenge to UN resolutions and any positive movement to revive peace process, the cabinet urged the United Nations to face up to Israel's intransigence in order to preserve the lives of the Palestinian people, and to safeguard security and stability in order to maintain the progress achieved in the peace process in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions.
Turning to domestic issues, the cabinet passed a number of resolutions, including authorization for the Minister of Interior or his deputy to discuss a draft agreement with the Republic of France in the field of internal security and civil defense; endorsement of a general agreement with the Republic of Romania on cooperation in the areas of economics, commerce, investment, science, technology, culture, youth and sports; approval of a cooperation agreement with the Democratic People's Republic of Algeria in the area of youth and sports; approval of an agreement with the Republic of Yemen on cooperation in postal services; and endorsement of a proposal to amend the Commercial Court Act so that the Court of Grievances assumes ruling on all cases emerging from commercial disputes pending the establishment of commercial courts.