1996 News Story

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 stated that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia considers the Arab Summit an expression of the political desire to have the voice of the Arabs, united in solidarity and association, heard by the entire world, saying: "Arab societies today are undergoing changes which require us to say 'yes' to a wise peace and 'no' to war, alienation, and disunity, and to take care of our people's ambitions and aspirations for a free and decent life in a world witnessing sedition, disorder and riots." King Fahd reiterated the Kingdom's concern that truth, justice, welfare and peace prevail throughout the globe, while the social and economic development anticipated by the Arab societies is implemented to bring them to prosperity and advancement without giving any chance to those trying to dissipate the joint Arab effort.

Information Minister Dr. Fouad Al-Farsi reported that King Fahd covered in detail expectations of the outcome of the emergency Arab summit to be held in Cairo from June 21 to 23, and expressed the hope that the results would be a unified viewpoint toward the process of a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the region; a commitment for both Arab and Israeli parties to adhere to all resolutions and commitments made with regard to the peace process; and the embodiment of goodwill for its continuation and conclusion.

The King then reviewed the latest developments at regional, Arab, Islamic and international levels, pointing out the Saudi position towards these developments as well as the Kingdom's concern for realization of the security, peace and stability to which the international community aspires. King Fahd also spoke of the field tours paid last week by a number of ministers to become acquainted with the services offered, referring to them as a continuation of the government's efforts aimed at meeting the needs and aspirations of Saudi citizens for high quality services to be delivered in cities and villages alike.

After examining topics on its agenda, the cabinet then passed a resolution approving the request of the Ministry of Posts, Telegraphs, and Telephones to become a member of the European group concerned with the memorandum of understanding for the paging service called 'Hermes'.