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Council of Ministers meeting

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz presided over the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers today, and praised the pioneering role of the Kingdom's universities in developing Saudi society and enriching it with scientific research under Islamic shariah and the Kingdom's policy for higher education. King Fahd remarked on the organizing of professional and academic days by King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah, and by King Saud University in Riyadh, saying these deepen the Islamic virtues and the principles being adhered to by the Kingdom, and referred to its development plans which were designed to provide Saudi citizens with all possible facilities to enable them to contribute constructively to the nation's development process.

Information Minister Dr. Fouad Ibn Abdulsalam Al-Farsi reported that King Fahd emphasized the importance of fine preparation and training of national teachers to replace expatriates, to enable them to assume the great responsibilities of upgrading the talents of future generations. King Fahd commended the performance of Saudi teachers and education personnel who handle their duties seriously and honestly, saying that they are doing the most noble and honorable work.
The cabinet, after reviewing to the latest regional, Arab and international events, welcomed the outcome of the 63rd meeting of the GCC Foreign Ministers which ended in Riyadh yesterday. King Fahd reaffirmed the Kingdom's permanent and unwavering position towards the GCC, which marked its 16th anniversary on May 25 this year, and described the GCC as serving the common interests, goals, and fate of its six member states.
On the Palestinian issue, King Fahd made an appeal to the international community and all peace-loving countries to exert the utmost and most sincere efforts to save the peace process from the deteriorating condition it is witnessing due to Israeli intransigence which ignores international organizations and laws.
Dr. Al-Farsi reported that the cabinet passed a resolution implementing the third article of the resolutions of the 16th GCC summit meeting which allows renewal of the procedures for opening commercial offices in member states to represent GCC establishments and productive units.