Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard, chaired the regular weekly cabinet meeting today. He affirmed that the Kingdom's assistance to the people of Bosnia-Herzegovina is not confined to the benevolent fund-raising campaign but also encompasses its continuing efforts to mobilize moral and material support for the Bosnian brothers.
The fund-raising drive was launched in the Kingdom last Friday as a campaign by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud to show solidarity with the Bosnian Muslims. The campaign was organized in cooperation with the Supreme Commission for the Collection of Donations for Bosnian Muslims headed by Prince Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, Governor of Riyadh Province.
Minister of Information Dr. Fouad Abdulsalam Al-Farsi reported that Crown Prince Abdullah began by welcoming the new members of the cabinet and expressing his best wishes to them. He then highlighted the wide-ranging and positive Arab and international reactions to the formation of the new Council of Ministers. The cabinet then reviewed the most important of the latest Arab, Islamic and international developments, notably the grave situation of the Bosnian people who are sustaining the most vicious criminal acts in human history, committed by the Serbs. Other issues included the latest developments in the Arab World and in Afghanistan.
Crown Prince Abdullah cited with delight the tremendous turnout of Saudi citizens who rendered generous donations to the Bosnian brothers in response to King Fahd's appeal. The current campaign to raise funds for the Bosnians was a brilliant success, and was accorded a wide international mass media coverage. The huge response of the Saudi people stems from true Islamic teachings which call for cooperation and solidarity among Muslims.
Referring to the situation of the Arab world, Crown Prince Abdullah noted King Fahd's reaffirmation on the Kingdom's steadfast and unwavering stand in support of Arab solidarity and described this stand as an ideal way to serve the Arab Nation's interests, aspirations and just causes, saying: "The Kingdom will continue to contribute to any Arab action that might lead to the noble objectives on the basis of frankness and openness". Dr. Al-Farsi reported that the Crown Prince also expressed the hope that the conflicting Afghan factions would stop fighting and place the higher interest of the country and its people above all other considerations.
Dr. Al-Farsi said the Cabinet then reviewed a number of domestic items on the agenda, including the necessity to conserve water resources and the need to urge citizens to rationalize their consumption.