1998 News Story

Council of Ministers meeting

Crown Prince Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard, today chaired the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers, and observed that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, located at the crossroads of civilizations and trade routes since the earliest of times, has accumulated cultures, arts, and crafts, and that this is an indivisible part of its Islamic heritage.  Crown Prince Abdullah went on to say that the thirteenth national festival of culture and heritage, inaugurated last Wednesday, provides an opportunity for thinkers and men of literature from all friendly countries as well as from Arab and Muslim states to meet and exchange views on issues of mutual interest.  The Saudi state, under the leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz, continues to create an environment suited to realization of progress in widening the horizons of development and innovation.

The cabinet then expressed its regret at the aggression launched in Kosovo by the Serbs against Muslims, and their attempts to practice terrorism with the aim of racial cleansing based on vicious fanaticism, and called upon the international community to work for an end to this aggression, to abort Serbian plots, and to take appropriate measures for the protection of Muslims in Kosovo.
After reviewing the items on its agenda, the cabinet passed a number of resolutions, including authorization for the President of Youth Welfare or his deputy, to conduct consultations with officials from the Republic of South Africa concerning a draft agreement of cooperation in the area of youth and sports.