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Council of Ministers meeting

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz today chaired the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers which reiterated that the consultation presented by the Consultative Council (Majlis Al-Shura) during the last five years has helped the government to take several important decisions benefiting the nation and people.  King Fahd praised the accomplishments of the Consultative Council in regard to its revision of regulations, amendment of articles  and approval of  bilateral, regional and international  agreements.
King Fahd reiterated the  determination of the government to support and enhance the Consultative Council (Majlis Al-Shura) to fulfil its mission and shoulder its responsibilities in the best way possible.   The King attributed the increase in the number of Council members from 60 to 90 to meeting the requirements of development and to  benefiting from the diversified expertise of its members.  The King explained that consultation never ceased in the Kingdom as it has been the basic principle of the state since its unification by the late King Abdul Aziz Ibn Abdulrahman al Saud.

Information Minister Dr. Fu'ad Al-Farsi reported that the King considered the issuance of the “integral system” of the basic rule, the Council of Ministers, the Consultative Council (Majlis Al-Shura)  and the provincial systems to meet the requirements of citizens and to respond to the Kingdom’s development objectives. He said the King expressed  admiration for the benefits and results realized by the provincial councils which he described as “additional channels” of conduct, participation and transferrance of  ideas, remarks and opinions of citizens for the public welfare.  Dr. Al-Farsi said the King also suggested that the application of shura approach in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has deepened the greatest forms of coherence, amicability  and  cooperation among the people.
Dr. Al-Farsi went on to report that the King briefed the meeting on the outcome of his talks with the French Minister of Defence and  that  Prince Sultan Ibn Abdul Aziz, Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defence and Aviation and Inspector General, reported on the outcome of the meeting of the Saudi Yemeni Supreme Committee.  Dr. Al-Farsi said that the meeting reviewed recent and important developments in the Arab, Islamic, regional  and international arena.  Specifically the meeting focused on the derailed Middle East peace process in view of  Israel’s obstinate stance towards and rejection of implementation of UN Security Council resolutions and failure to live up to its agreements signed with the Palestinian Authority.  The Council reiterated the denunciation and concern of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia towards the policies and measures of the Israeli occupying authority aiming to introduce demographic and institutional changes which would eventually alter the identity of  Arab Jerusalem as well as the legal, historical, religious and civilizational status of the sacred city.  Dr. Al-Farsi said that the Council considered the decision of the Israeli government to expand the boundaries of the city of Jerusalem and extend  municipal authorities as “illegal and illegitimate”  and as constituting flagrant violation of international treaties and  agreements and as once more confirming the determination of the Israeli government to go ahead with  its designs aiming to the judiazation of the city and wiping out its Islamic and Arabic character.   The Saudi Council of Ministers urged the UN Security Council and the world community to take specific and tangible measures to put an end to the Israeli challenges and any further Israeli breaches of international law and resolutions of the UN Security Council.