Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz today chaired the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers and congratulated Arab and Islamic nations on the beginning of the new Hijrah year of 1419 which began today, expressing hopes for the realization of security, stability, peace and prosperity for all. King Fahd called on them to be inspired by the great lessons in the personal life of the Prophet Muhammad based on direct instructions from God Almighty, and emphasized the need for all Islamic people to adhere to the teachings of the Holy Qur'an and the Sunnah of the Prophet. The King then pointed out the importance of solidarity, cooperation and unity to enable the Kingdom to confirm its identity and power before the different blocs of today's world on the one hand, and on the other, to work for the well being and benefit of, first its own people and second, people everywhere.
Information Minister Dr. Fuad Al-Farsi reported that the King then briefed the cabinet on the outcome of his meeting in Jeddah last week with Palestinian President Yasser Arafat and his accompanying delegation, reiterating the Kingdom's firm and permanent support for the Palestinian people and the National Authority and the realization of the establishment of their independent state on their national territory with restoration of all their legitimate rights in line with the United Nations resolutions.
The cabinet then reviewed a report presented by Interior Minister Prince Nayef Ibn Abdul Aziz, who is honorary president of the council of interior ministers of the League of Arab States, on the outcome of the conference of interior and justice ministers held recently in Cairo. The cabinet expressed satisfaction at the efforts exerted to reach and sign the agreement to combat terrorism, an agreement that will, with God's help, lead to cooperation among Arab countries to fight and eventually wipe out terrorism in all its forms.
Moving to domestic matters, the cabinet authorized the Interior Minister or his deputy to discuss with the Rumanian side a draft protocol on security cooperation between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Romania in the field of combating terrorism, fighting organized crime and controlling trade in illegal drugs. The cabinet further assigned the Minister of Foreign Affairs or his deputy to sign a draft agreement on economic, commercial, investment and technical cooperation between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of the Ukraine.