Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud presided over the weekly regular session held by the Council of Ministers at Al-Salaam Palace in Jeddah on Monday afternoon. Information Minister Ali Al-Shaer reported after the meeting that following a detailed account of the most important political, security and information developments in the Arab and Islamic worlds, including the on-going aggressive and vicious acts of the Serbs against the Bosnian Republic, King Fahd reaffirmed the continuation of the efforts being made by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to defend Islamic causes on various international forums with the aim of saving the blood of Muslims, protecting their legitimate rights and enabling them to live in peace and stability.
On the level of the humanitarian assistance, Al-Shaer added that King Fahd emphasized the keenness of the Saudi government and people to undertake the Islamic and humanitarian duty towards their Muslim brothers wherever they are, and said that the shipment and airlift of Saudi assistance and donations are continuing as stated by the Higher Commission for Donations under the direct supervision of Prince Salman Bin Abdul Aziz, the Governor of Riyadh and Chairman of the Commission. Al-Shaer further reported that King Fahd made the Council acquainted with the outcome of his recent meetings and contacts with envoys sent to the Kingdom on missions aimed at reinforcement of bilateral relations between the Kingdom and its sister Arab states. In this context, King Fahd stated to the Council that out of its steadfast and benevolent policy towards the GCC states, the Kingdom continues its efforts to foster the brotherly bonds between the GCC member states and to work for greater solidarity, cohesion and cooperation.
The Council also reviewed a number of items on its agenda including the Sixth Development Plan. King Fahd praised the good efforts exerted by the Consultative Council (Majlis Al-Shoura) and the excellent views expressed by its members which enable the government to serve the overall interest of the Kingdom.
The Council adopted a number of resolutions on the items raised during today's meeting as follows:
Firstly, according to a resolution presented by the Consultative Council, and after seeing a recommendation by the Cabinet's General Committee, the Council decided the following:
A) that the Sixth Development Plan, which covers the years 1995-1999 (1415-1420H.), be endorsed in accordance with that resolution;
B) that implementation of the Plan be pursued in compliance with the resolutions issued by the Council of Ministers concerning the previous Plans;
C) that attention be paid to the working out of annual executive programs that would realize the goals cited in the resolution of the Council of Ministers Number 142 dated 19/11/1413.
Secondly, the Council approved the appointment of Prince Abdul Aziz Bin Salman Bin Abdul Aziz to Grade 15 as Undersecretary for Petroleum Affairs at the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, as recommended by the Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources.
Thirdly, upon the recommendation of the Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, the Council approved the appointment of Abdulrahman Mohammed Abdulkarim to Grade 15 as Undersecretary for Company Affairs at the Ministry.
Fourthly, the Council also endorsed a number of appointments at Grade 15 at the Ministry of Interior and at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.