1997 News Story

Council of Ministers meeting

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz today presided over the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers and attributed the stature attained by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the constancy and credibility of its policies and stances both bilaterally and in the international arena.   In this regard, he referred to the success of the recent state visits to Italy, Spain, and South Africa by Prince Sultan Ibn Abdul Aziz, Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector-General, stating that such visits help to develop good relations between the Kingdom and other countries.

Information Minister Dr. Fouad Al-Farsi reported that King Fahd reviewed the continued efforts exerted by the Kingdom through official contacts at all levels to achieve greater cooperation and consolidate relations with sisterly and friendly countries.  At the regional level, King Fahd drew attention to the danger emanating from Israeli settlement projects in Palestinian territories.  To avoid this, he called anew on the cosponsors of peace, the United States and Russia, to exert pressure to dissuade the Israeli authorities from persisting in this policy which aims at undermining the peace process, stressing that the Israeli side must adhere to the principles on which the peace process was based and that the UN resolutions and the agreements signed by the two parties must be implemented.

Turning to domestic matters, the King instructed the Ministers to spare no effort in the service of development and progress in all fields.  The cabinet then passed a number of resolutions, including the recommendation that any ministry involved in bilateral agreements concerning trade of agricultural projects, whether livestock or plants, when concluding or renewing agreements, should ensure reciprocity, and that the customs, quarantines, and laboratories should strictly apply Saudi standards for agricultural and livestock imports in order to secure fair competition between similar local and foreign products.  The cabinet also resolved that the Ministry of Finance and National Economy will represent the Kingdom at sessions of the Arab ministerial meetings for tourism pending the assignment of a governmental body to supervise domestic tourism.