Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz today presided over the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers, and reiterated that self-denial and sincerity are characteristics of Saudi society, based as it is on strong Islamic values and principles. King Fahd went on to say that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's great achievements have been accomplished by the grace of God Almighty and through the intensive efforts exerted by the country's sons, and made particular reference to the significant role being played by youth through the General Presidency for Youth Welfare.
Information Minister Dr. Fouad Al-Farsi reported that the cabinet was then briefed on a review submitted by the GPYW which lists 21 sports federations, 153 sports clubs, a society for culture and the arts with nine branches in addition to 12 literary clubs, an organization of 19 youth hostels, an institute for the preparation of guides, a hospital for sports medicine, and a national committee for combating drugs.
King Fahd then went on to brief the cabinet on a report submitted by Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Secretary-General Jamil Al-Hujeilan on the GCC's achievements over the last 17 years, saying these have had a positive impact on its member states and have played an effective role in enhancing fraternal relations among them.
The cabinet then welcomed the peaceful transference of power in Indonesia and hoped that the new president, Bisharuddin Habibie, would be successful in realizing the ambitions of the Indonesian people in regard to security and stability as well as social and economic progress.
The King also briefed the cabinet on the outcome of his talks with Palestinian President Yasser Arafat and confirmed the inalienable stand of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in regard to supporting the Palestinians, underscoring the importance of Israeli compliance with UN resolutions.
The cabinet reiterated its sympathy with Pakistan in its anxiety over the nuclear tests conducted by India, viewing these as a source of danger and threat to all neighboring countries and calling on the Indian government to return to the principles which have constituted the real source of its strength and to work for the settlement of differences through peaceful means.
The cabinet then passed a number of resolutions, including authorization of the President of Youth Welfare or his deputy, to conduct talks with the Irish side for preparation of a memorandum of understanding in the area of youth and sports between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Ireland in line with similar agreements in this respect.