2005 News Story

Cabinet: success of Hajj, terrorism conference, terrorist acts in Kuwait

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz today chaired the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers, gave praise for the success of the 1425 Hajj, which the pilgrims were able to perform in ease and comfort, and prayed for God’s acceptance of the Muslims’ good deeds and for their safe return home. King Fahd went on to express appreciation for the efforts exerted by the various bodies, both public and private, in the service of the pilgrims. The Kingdom, he added, continues to go ahead with projects to further enhance these services.

The Cabinet then reviewed the deliberations of the ongoing Counter-Terrorism International Conference organized in Riyadh by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and commended the speech delivered by Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz in which he proposed the establishment of an international center for combating terrorism that would include specialists in this field and aim at exchanging information promptly in order to prevent acts of terrorism. Welcoming all the delegations participating in the conference, the Cabinet reiterated the Kingdom's position on the consolidation of international efforts to confront and uproot terrorism, prevent its spread, and eliminate all its sources. It is to be hoped that the Conference’s recommendations will facilitate countries worldwide in confronting and containing terrorism through deeper cooperation and an exchange of expertise, experience, opinions, ideas and proposals such as that to form an international bloc to confront terrorists and deviant ideas, and prevent them from achieving their objectives in destabilizing countries and their peoples.

The Cabinet condemned the recent acts of terrorism in the State of Kuwait, and expressed the Kingdom's support for Kuwait’s efforts to combat this dangerous phenomenon.

Turning to domestic issues, the Cabinet passed a number of resolutions, including: authorization for the Minister of Transport or his deputy to discuss a draft agreement on marine cooperation with the Government of the Republic of the Philippines; and an amendment to Article (6) of the system of the Saudi Engineers Society.