Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard, chaired the regular weekly session of the Council of Ministers today, and highlighted the Kingdom’s great efforts and praiseworthy achievements since its establishment in building a strong and developed state , saying: “Under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has, in accordance with well-defined scientific planning which has been rich and fruitful beyond all expectations, continued its process of betterment of the citizens, aiming to place them on advanced levels of progress, prosperity, security and stability.”
Dr. Khalid Al-Angary, Minister of Higher Education acting for the Minister of Information, reported that Crown Prince Abdullah emphasized the need to promote the Kingdom’s human resources and to realize the effectiveness and ability not only of the public sector, but also of the private sector, which plays an essential role in the national economy. The government, he explained, is making every effort to chart the incentive and organizational policies necessary for this.
Referring to the celebrations of the golden jubilee of the United Nations currently taking place in New York, Crown Prince Abdullah reaffirmed that the Kingdom, with its constant commitment to the regulations of the UN Charter, and respect for its resolutions of international legitimacy, would spare no effort to support the role of the organization in its dedication to maintaining global peace and security and promoting cooperation among nations. Crown Prince Abdullah then reiterated the Kingdom’s concern to make the Middle East region free of weapons of mass destruction, noting the need for the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty to include all members of the international community, and calling on all countries which so far have not signed the NPT to join the agreement. Crown Prince Abdullah spotlighted the great efforts of the Kingdom, whether on bilateral levels or through the UN’s specialized organizations, but always within the framework of its Islamic teachings, to promote justice and the settlement of disputes through peaceful means and negotiation.
Dr. Al-Angary added that Crown Prince Abdullah expressed satisfaction over the outcome of the seventh meeting of the GCC Ministers of Justice held in Bahrain last week, and cited the importance of the items raised during the meeting on regulations and laws stemming from the Islamic Shariah. The Crown Prince also reviewed with the cabinet matters pertaining to Arab, Islamic and international developments. Referring to the Holy City of Al-Qds as an Arab and Islamic city forever, he deplored the measures being taken by Israel to change the demographic characteristics of a city which houses a number of holy Islamic shrines, and said: “The persistent Israeli efforts to transfer foreign embassies to Al-Qds are contradictory to the resolutions of the Security Council which consider Al-Qds as an indivisible part of the occupied Arab territories and which call on other countries not to recognize these Israeli measures”.
The cabinet also reviewed a number of other items on its agenda, passing suitable resolutions. It approved a recommendation presented by HRH Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz, Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense and Aviation, to hold talks between the Kingdom and South Africa on the subject of concluding a bilateral agreement on civil aviation.