The Consultative Council (Majlis Al-Shura) met today under the chairmanship of Sheikh Muhammad Ibn Ibrahim Ibn Jubeir, and reviewed a report on the performance for the presidency of civil aviation for year 1997 (1417-18 H) which was submitted by the committee for services and public utilities.
Yesterday, the Shura Council met and approved two performance reports for that year, one on the Ministry of Communications and the other on the Ports Authority, as well as recommendations and proposals submitted by the committee for services and public utilities. The Shura Council urged the Ports Authority to continue to work for rationalization of its expenditures and revision of the contracts it has concluded or is planning to conclude. Part of yesterday's meeting was attended by a number of senior officials from the Ports Authority.
Meanwhile, Crown Prince Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard, received yesterday members of the Shura Council, including its Chairman Sheikh Muhammad Ibn Ibrahim Ibn Jubeir, who came to congratulate him on his safe return home after his recent seven-nation tour. Crown Prince Abdullah assured them of the high regard in which the Kingdom is held overseas, and the respect that is accorded to Custodian of the Two holy Mosques King Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz in all the countries he visited. He reiterated that Islamic and Arab causes were also addressed during his tour, and cited the joint communiqués issued after each of his visits, and their emphasis on the Middle East peace process, and the rights of the Palestinians. He went on to say that he had explained to the leaders of the countries he visited the importance of differentiating between Islam and terrorism, and that Muslims are innocent of what has been committed in the name of Islam.