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Council of Ministers meeting

Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard, chairing the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers today, described the National Festival currently in its 11th session at Janadriyah as a reflection of the Kingdom’s heritage and a link between the culture of the past and that of the future.   He stressed the Kingdom’s firm position that this festival expresses originality as well as the preservation of culture inherited from our forefathers.

Information Minister Dr. Fouad Al-Farsi reported that Crown Prince Abdullah again reiterated the Kingdom’s rejection of terrorism by any person and in any corner of the earth, adding that Saudi Arabia considers international cooperation essential for the elimination of this universal problem.  

Prince Abdullah then reviewed a number of issues related to Saudi citizens, for whom, he emphasized, the state makes the utmost efforts to provide security, economic stability and prosperity.   Welcoming the growing role of the private sector in absorbing Saudi manpower as well as in employing modern technology, he called for increased efforts to enable Saudis to help build the economy, industry and commerce of their own country.

On the Arab level, Prince Abdullah reviewed the latest developments in the Arab world and pointed out that the Kingdom looks forward to achieving Arab solidarity with understanding of current and future challenges, in view of the Arab Nation’s belief in the spirit of brotherhood, love, goodness and peace.   He stressed that Saudi Arabia is an inseparable part of the international community and stated that comprehensive development should prevail in a world free from weapons of mass destruction where man can enjoy justice, dignity, and equality.

Referring to reports concerning the implementation of the Sixth Development Plan, he expressed his satisfaction at what has been achieved so far, particularly the measures taken to diversify sources of national income and reduce government spending as well as the on-going development projects in agriculture, industry and commerce that aim at maintaining economic stability in the Kingdom.

The cabinet, after due review, then gave approval to the Presidency of Civil Aviation to enter into negotiations with Ireland, Oman, Qatar, Cyprus, Ethiopia, and the Republic of South Africa with the aim of reaching bilateral agreements between the Kingdom and each of these countries.