2004 News Story

Cabinet: mideast, Iraq, conservation of water and electricity

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz today chaired the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers, briefed the Cabinet on consultations held recently with leaders and envoys of various countries, which focused on the latest international developments, particularly the situation in Iraq and that in the occupied Palestinian territories.

The Cabinet renewed the Kingdom's call for the international community to confront Israel's recalcitrant policy and put an end to its aggressive practices against the Palestinian people, its defiance of United Nations resolutions and its continuation of a nuclear program that is leading to greater deterioration of security and stability in the region. The Cabinet stressed the importance of implementing the ruling of the International Court of Justice concerning the segregation wall; and urged the Palestinians to have solidarity and unity at this critical juncture.

On the situation in Iraq, the Cabinet affirmed that its stability depends on the cooperation of all parties and the effective participation of the Iraqi people as well as the United Nations to halt the deterioration of security and the acts of violence which are taking place on a daily basis. The Cabinet reiterated the need for the role of the United Nations to be fully activated in order to achieve political stability in Iraq.

Turning to domestic issues, the Cabinet issued a warning for the conservation of water and electricity consumption with the rising summer temperatures. The Cabinet then passed a number of resolutions, including approval of an amendment to the Saudi-Qatari agreement on air transport services to identify the "aviation authorities" mentioned; authorization for the Minister of Finance or his deputy to sign a draft agreement with the Islamic Republic of Iran for mutual administrative cooperation and assistance on customs issues; and approval of a memorandum of understanding on scientific and technological cooperation between King Abdulaziz City for Sciences and Technology and the Science Academy in the Czech Republic.