The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz today chaired the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers. Referring to the twenty-fifth anniversary of the establishment of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, he urged all Islamic states to benefit from its capabilities, since the OIC's specialized organs and committees have given a clear idea of the effectiveness of the call for Islamic solidarity.
King Fahd further stated that the establishment of the OIC following the 1969 meeting in Jeddah of the foreign ministers of Islamic states, underscores the existence of a solid base of Islamic consensus. He recalled the first Islamic conference in modern history, held in Makkah in 1926 in response to the invitation of King Abdul Aziz, founder of the modern Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and that it had aimed at exchanging views on Muslim affairs and on ways of reviving Islamic solidarity. Dr. Fouad Al-Farsi, Minister of Information, reported that King Fahd briefed the cabinet on the decisive role played by the late King Faisal Bin Abdul Aziz in the establishment of the OIC, as well as the great efforts exerted by the late King Khalid Bin Abdul Aziz for the success of the third Islamic summit conference held in Taif in 1981. Noting that the OIC is keen to emphasize the determination of the Muslim Nation to exert every possible effort to present proper ideas about Islam, to prepare itself to enter the twenty-first century, and to confront the challenges of this contemporary world, King Fahd described the OIC as not only an organ for the cooperation and exchange of views on means for settling problems that face its member states, but also an element for the realization of global peace and security, and for cooperation and understanding among nations. Islam, stated King Fahd, is a moderate religion, and through implementation of its teachings Muslims can accomplish a great deal.
Dr. Al-Farsi reported that the cabinet reviewed developments at Arab, Islamic and international levels, and that King Fahd had welcomed the outcome of the meeting in Geneva attended by the foreign ministers of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, and the Federaton of Yugoslavia, resulting in the agreement to realize the legal existence of Bosnia-Herzegovina. King Fahd reiterated the Kingdom's moral and material support for the Bosnian Muslims and affirmed its determination to work to put an end to their ordeal.
The cabinet also reviewed a number of domestic topics. Highlighting the excellent standard reached by the Saudi medical profession, King Fahd praised as a great achievement the introduction of the program for a round-the-clock link between Saudi hospitals and university medical centers in the United States. The cabinet, in the light of a cable from the Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense and Aviation Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz, and following the recommendations of the Consultative Council, then approved the Agreement of the Arab Organization for Civil Aviation, with the following reservation, that the Kingdom will not be bound by texts pertaining to arbitration unless openly announced as such for each individual case.