2004 News Story

Cabinet: Ramadan, mideast, Iraq, terrorism, health

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 congratulated the Saudi people and all Muslims on the imminent advent of the blessed month of Ramadan, noting that this month embodies the realities of unity, solidarity and cooperation in good deeds. The Crown Prince then briefed the Cabinet on consultations with brotherly and friendly countries on the latest international developments, notably the deteriorating situation in Iraq and that in the occupied Palestinian territories.

The Cabinet expressed alarm at the tragic situation in the Gaza Strip, warning that it will lead to a humanitarian disaster if Israel's occupation authorities continue the campaign of annihilation against the Palestinian people, and stressing that the situation will escalate dangerously in the wake of the failure of the United Nations Security Council to adopt a resolution against these brutal acts.

The Cabinet also cautioned against the tragic situation in Iraq, urging the international community represented by the United Nations to play a more active role to stop the daily bloodshed that is occurring as a result of the lack of security there.

Reiterating the Kingdom's condemnation of the terrorist act in Taba, Egypt, the Cabinet affirmed its solidarity with Egypt in confronting such acts of terrorism.

The Cabinet then praised the great interest extended by the government to the Kingdom’s health sector, referring to the inauguration by Crown Prince Abdullah of the King Fahd Medical City in Riyadh, which comprises four hospitals; the launch of the national medical network; and the ongoing establishment of some 2,000 health centers nationwide.

Turning to domestic issues, the Cabinet passed a number of resolutions, including authorization for the Minister of Culture and Information or his deputy to discuss a memorandum on cooperation in the exchange of news between the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) and the independent Media Service Management of the Republic of Venezuela (Venpress); and authorization for the Minister of Transport or his deputy to sign a draft agreement on cooperation with the Government of the Republic of South Africa in the field of maritime transport.