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, urged all Arabs and Muslims to greater efforts to bring about the optimum level of close ties, saying:  “History reaffirms that the world will look at Arabs and Muslims with full respect whenever it finds them in the strength of solidarity, cooperation, and unity of ranks and goals”.

Making a comparison between current events and certain episodes in Arab and Islamic history, he remarked that Arabs and Muslims in both ancient and contemporary times have always had to defend themselves without having attacked anyone, and stated:  “They tried only to prevent evil and aggression through wisdom, good advice, justice and legitimacy”.

Information Minister Dr. Fouad Al-Farsi reported that King Fahd recalled the content of the resolutions and recommendations adopted by the Arab Summit held in Cairo from July 21 to 23, describing them as a good model for a positive approach.   Reaffirming the unwavering strategic bases of Saudi Arabia, King Fahd said the Kingdom is an indivisible part of the Arab and Islamic worlds, and in addition has the great honor of serving the Two Holy Mosques with the consequent responsibilities and obligations towards Arab, Islamic and humanitarian issues.  King Fahd noted:  “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia considers that its progress and prosperity as well as that of other Arab and Islamic countries will be beneficial to the whole world  …..  Moreover, the Kingdom respects its brothers and friends and as a result, most of the countries of the world are friendly countries within the framework of reciprocal respect and appreciation.”  

King Fahd went on to express optimism and confidence over the consistent growth of the Saudi economy, saying that indicators show continual and realistic improvements in its strength, which can be attributed to the efforts exerted by both the government and the citizens over the years to lay down sound foundations;  in this context he praised the Kingdom’s infrastructure, the awareness of the private sector and its cooperation with the public sector.