Under the chairmanship of Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz, the Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard, the Council of Ministers held its weekly regular meeting at the Yamama Palace in Riyadh this afternoon.
Mohammed Ibrahim Massoud, the Minister of State and Acting Minister of Information, told the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) that at the beginning of the meeting, the council reviewed reports on the most important developments. I In this context, Minister Massoud added, the Council of Ministers expressed satisfaction over the second round of talks of the Saudi/Yemeni joint military committee which started in Sanaa on Sunday in compliance with Article 5 of the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the two countries in Makkah during the holy month of Ramadan. The two sides reaffirmed their absolute desire to accelerate the functions of the committee with the aim of realizing the targeted goals for dedication of the fraternal ties between the two countries and to serve the best interests of the brotherly peoples.
The council also reviewed arrangements being made by the authorities concerned for the upcoming Hajj season in compliance with the wise directives of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz. The cabinet was briefed by the ministers concerned on what has been done so far. Crown Prince Abdullah urged them to boost efforts to provide all possible means of comfort and peace for the pilgrims.
Citing the constant efforts of the Kingdom in the implementation of Islamic rituals as stated by the Holy Qur'an and the Sunna of the Prophet, Crown Prince Abdullah emphasized the keenness of the government of King Fahd to provide the most distinguished health and medical services for citizens and for the thousands of pilgrims, as stipulated by its Islamic and national duty and in accordance with the regulations of the World Health Organization.
In this regard, the cabinet was briefed by the Minister of Health Faisal Al-Hejailan on the outcome of the recent meeting held by the Arab health ministers in Cairo last Wednesday.
For his part, Prince Naif Bin Abdul Aziz, the Minister of Interior, informed the cabinet of the positive role undertaken by the Sultanate of Oman towards security cooperation among the GCC states after Sultan Qaboos Bin Sa'id ratified the unified security agreement.
Minister Massoud said the cabinet also reviewed the situation in Lebanon and the serious escalation witnessed by South Lebanon that constitutes an obstacle for the peace process in the Middle East. The council warned that unless the security council's resolution 425 which calls for Israeli withdrawal from southern Lebanon, is fully implemented, the situation on the important peace track would be further complicated.
The cabinet also expressed the grave concern of the Kingdom over the situation in the Chechnyan Republic due to the on-going aggression of the Russian forces that continue to destroy the Chechnyan cities, killing and displacing the Chechnyan people. The council calls for moral and material support for the Chechnyans and for guarantees that assistance would reach the victims and displaced citizens.
Referring to domestic issues discussed by the cabinet today, Minister Massoud said the cabinet endorsed an agreement for economic, commercial, investment and technical cooperation between the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of the Philippines signed in Jeddah on 17/10/1994 following the Shoura Council resolution number 28-24-15 of 28/8/1415 and the recommendation presented by the general committee of the Council of Ministers on 24/10/1415. A royal decree has been drafted accordingly.
The council approved the formation of the new board of directors of the Ihsa
Water and Drainage System Department for three years under the chairmanship of the Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources and with membership of Dr Naser Al-Melhem, Dr Ali Abdullah Al-Jala'oud, Abdulrahman Bin Ibrahim Al-Muhanna, and the director general of the department. The membership of the designated members of the board would continue for the upcoming period.