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 urged the private sector to work towards creating jobs for young Saudis, pointing out that the government is concerned with the provision for this purpose of subsidies, incentives, and consultative services.

Information Minister Dr. Fuad Ibn Abdulsalaam Al-Farsi reported that the cabinet was briefed by a number of Ministers on status of the private sector in providing Saudi manpower to replace expatriate workers. Citing the goals of the current Sixth Five-Year Development Plan, King Fahd stated that development was not confined to cities, and encouraged the private sector to become involved in the economic development of rural areas.
Turning to current events at the Arab, Islamic and international levels, the cabinet discussed the impasse that the Middle East peace process is suffering due to the intransigence of Israel and its recurring hostility directed at southern Lebanon, which has resulted in the deaths of innocent people and the destruction of essential facilities, and demanded that the international community put an end to these violations. The cabinet also reiterated its call to both Iran and Afghanistan to exercise self-restraint and expedite steps towards resolving their differences through peaceful means and brotherly talks, so that cooperation and amicability between the two Muslim nations can be restored.