1997 News Story

Council of Ministers meeting

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz today chaired the regular weekly session of the Council of Ministers, and expressed the Kingdom's welcome of the election of the State of Bahrain as a representative of the Asian group on the United Nations Security Council for the coming two years, considering the consensus of 172 members of the General Assembly as a boost for all Arab and Islamic countries as well as for the GCC states.

Information Minister Dr. Fouad Al-Farsi reported that King Fahd went on to review the Kingdom's advanced agricultural sector which is able to meet food needs to favorable standards in addition to maintaining an open market for importation of whatever is desired by the citizens, explaining that all development in the Kingdom follows a balanced pattern.    King Fahd then remarked on the discovery of two new fields of non-associated sweet natural gas.

Turning to regional and international events, the cabinet condemned the continuing Israeli raids on Lebanon, which have caused the loss of innocent lives, considering such moves as a new assertion of Israel's violation of the Middle East peace process and its renunciation of agreements it has signed.

The cabinet then passed a number of resolutions, including an endorsement that the Meteorology and Environmental Protection Agency shall be responsible for liaison with the Center for the Environment and Development of the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE) in its draft aid project;  and authorization of the Minister of the Interior or whomsoever he deputizes to open negotiations with Argentina and sign a draft agreement on bilateral cooperation to combat terrorism, drugs, crime and arms trafficking.