1996 News Story

Council of Ministers meeting

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz, presiding yesterday over the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers, expressed the Kingdom’s satisfaction at the positive results of the recent visit of French President Jacques Chirac.  Referring to their talks as “constructive and fruitful”, King Fahd stated that they gave a dimension of continuity to the firm policies of Saudi Arabia and France concerning bilateral and international cooperation, and indicated that there was continued cooperation and coordination between the two countries, notably in the areas of politics, economics, commerce, science, and security. 

Information Minister Dr. Fouad Al-Farsi reported that King Fahd described Saudi-French ties as deep-rooted because of clear policies and positions as well as mutual respect.  

Dr. Al-Farsi then noted that King Fahd gave instructions to all Ministries and concerned authorities to intensify their efforts to upgrade cultural life in the Kingdom to match the level of urban development in the society, saying that the current cultural level of Saudi adults, characterized by intellectual progress, makes it imperative to upgrade the culture of children and young people, in line with the strategic goals of the development plans.   King Fahd underscored the necessity of boosting the level of Islamic values in order to enrich the personality of each Saudi citizen.

Reviewing a number of domestic issues on the agenda, the cabinet decided to approve the transfer to Saudi Aramco of the shares and rights of the General Corporation for Petroleum and Minerals (PETROMIN) in two companies:   the lubricants refinery, and  Petrolub, the Petromin Lubricating Oils Company.