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Council of Ministers meeting

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz yesterday presided over the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers, and after reviewing the progress of the Sixth Five-Year Development Plan, currently in its second year, declared that the development process is proceeding overall within the framework drawn up by the government in line with Islamic values and the traditions of the Saudi people.  He noted that this process, which has been going on for more than twenty-five years, was preceded, and is accompanied, by a great deal of orientation and social preparation as well as by intellectual, cultural, educational and social changes linked with the civilized development of the Saudi identity in compliance with the true Islamic creed.

Information Minister Dr. Fouad Al-Farsi reported that the King stressed that the overall development represents committed and organized efforts by all sectors of Saudi society, who depend on God Almighty and on themselves to secure the requirements of their existence and continuation of their Islamic mission.

Describing the Saudi development plans as an ongoing process which embodies the renovation of the quantitative and qualitative requirements of Saudi society, King Fahd praised the achievements of the first two years of the sixth plan.  These, he said, are complementary to those of the previous five plans, and accomplished with a national awareness characterizing Saudi society.  Among the main features of the current plan are the unlimited support extended to the private sector, and the government’s concern to provide the necessary infrastructure such as transportation, telecommunications, electric power, industrial zoning, and roads, of high quality and complying with the standards of industrialized countries.   King Fahd instructed all ministers to continue their practical actions aimed at carrying out the current development plan to meet the increasing demand on the infrastructure, while at the same time safeguarding the existing infrastructure through regular maintenance, and confirmed that government policies will continue to encourage the private sector.  

Dr. Al-Farsi noted that King Fahd voiced satisfaction at the outcome of the thirteenth meeting of the foreign ministers of the Damascus Declaration countries in Muscat, and at their contribution towards implementation of the admirable objectives outlined in their final communiqué issued on Sunday.  

After examining domestic issues on the agenda, the cabinet passed a resolution authorizing the Foreign Minister or his representative to negotiate with officials of South Africa in accordance with his proposal, the outcome of such negotiations to be submitted to the cabinet.