Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz today chaired the regular weekly session of the Council of Ministers, and, in the name of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz as well as his own, expressed appreciation to the leaders of the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) for their achievements during the Sixth Consultative Meeting in Jeddah yesterday. The talks, he said, were characterized by a fraternal atmosphere, by concern for the progress and prosperity of all Arab and Islamic countries, and by a desire to enhance the cooperation that has existed about them in order to achieve the ambitions and aspirations of GCC citizens in all fields, political, economic, and social.
The Cabinet then reviewed the latest international developments, and consultations held by the Kingdom with senior foreign officials, focusing primarily on the achievement of security and stability in the world in general and Palestine and Iraq in particular. The decision of the United States of America to impose sanctions on Syria, the Cabinet pointed out, will further complicate the situation in the Middle East and will not serve stability in the region; on the contrary, it will lead to greater tension and more feelings of injustice among Arabs at a time when Israel has been continuing its aggression against the unarmed Palestinian people and continually violating international norms and laws - which would seem to require the imposition of sanctions on Israel. In this regard, the Cabinet asserted that positive dialogue and negotiations contributes to strengthening the principles of mutual respect, understanding and common interests.
Turning to domestic issues, the Cabinet passed a number of resolutions, including endorsement of the resolution of the 24th Summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) held in Kuwait last December to establish the GCC customs data base center at the GCC headquarters in Riyadh; and a recommendation that, given the large number of joint commissions and memoranda of understanding on cooperation concluded with other countries, government authorities be advised to adhere strictly to the regulations governing the setting up of joint commissions as per Article (1) of Cabinet Resolution No. 83 dated August 30, 1999.