1996 News Story

Council of Ministers meeting

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud today presided over the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers. Expressing his appreciation to all Ministries and other institutions concerned with the Hajj and the pilgrims during this year's exceptionally successful implementation of the pilgrimage plan, he stated: " We thank the Almighty for enabling the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to provide excellent services for the guests of God who came to the Holy Places to perform the fifth pillar of Islam. We consider the Kingdom's efforts in this field an honor and service in the name of God, and in so doing we remain faithful to our religious and historic commitment towards the Islamic world."

Minister of Information Dr. Fouad Al-Farsi reported that King Fahd reviewed reports submitted to him from various ministries and governmental institutions which had made successful contributions including human and financial resources in assisting the pilgrims during their movements in Makkah, Madinah, and the other holy places.

Reviewing the situation in the Arab and Islamic worlds, King Fahd welcomed the establishment of the new government in Palestine, expressing hope that it would continue its efforts towards the aspirations of the Palestinian people in all fields of development. The King also expressed satisfaction at the agreement, brokered by French diplomatic efforts, to settle by arbitration the Yemeni-Eritrean conflict over the Hanish Islands; and concern at the sufferings of the Bosnian Muslims at the hands of the Serbs, calling for implementation of all the articles of the Dayton Peace Agreement and the obligation to it that would bring about security, peace and stability to all its signatories.