1998 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 underscored the unique peculiarity of cultural life in Saudi society, which is derived from the tenets of Islam and the Sunnah (deeds and sayings) of the Prophet. He stated: "The reality of cultural life in the Kingdom takes into consideration all the historical backgrounds which have formed the momentum for its legacy of civilization as well as all cultural developments and accomplishments of its modern history."

Acting Information Minister, Minister of State and Cabinet Member Dr. Madani Ibn Abdul Gader Alagi reported that King Fahd went on to discuss appropriate methods for dealing with changes in the means and technologies of communications and the flow of information, and in the way diverse foreign cultures are accessible. He noted that the Kingdom has been successful in accommodating new developments in the field of telecommunications and taking advantage of them in compliance with Islamic values.
Dr. Alagi said the meeting was then briefed on current developments on Arab, Islamic and international fronts, including the situation in Kosovo, in particular the brutal and savage aggression of the Serbs against the people of this Muslim enclave. The Kingdom reiterated its profound concern over this, and called on the world community to take firm and tough decision against the aggressive Serbs and to reinforce UN Security Council Resolution 1198.
Concerning the dispute between Turkey and Syria, the Kingdom reiterated its call for it to be settled by peaceful means, through dialogue and understanding, and called on the two parties to refrain from threats of using force.
Turning to domestic matters, the cabinet made a number of decisions, including approval of establishing diplomatic relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Mozambique.