1999 News Story

Council of Ministers meeting

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz today chaired the weekly meeting

of the Council of Ministers, which expressed grief and sorrow at the death of twelve people

in the Aramco helicopter crash on Saturday, extending deep condolences to the families of

the deceased and wishing those injured a speedy recovery.
Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General Prince

Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz then briefed the meeting on the outcome of his recent visit to the

Sultanate of Oman, which, he said, took place within the framework of the fraternal

relations among the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

Reviewing a report on the ongoing deliberations in New York at the 54th session of the

General Assembly of the United Nations, King Fahd expressed the Kingdom's wish that the

current session would realize its objectives, especially in terms of reinforcing security,

peace and stability in the world. He endorsed the Kingdom's statement presented to the UN

by Assistant Foreign Minister Dr. Nizar Obaid Madani, that cooperation among nations is

needed in order to solve current problems with credibility and objectivity, in the interest

of all mankind, and that the extent of success in this could be an index to the future of

the international organization, and consequently of the entire world.
The cabinet then approved an agreement of cooperation between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

and the Arab Republic of Egypt in the field of youth and sports; endorsed a draft

resolution allowing the sale of state-owned lands previously allocated for certain

government projects that are no longer viable, provided that such sales take place

according to certain regulations; and authorized educational authorities, after

coordinating with the Ministry of Finance and National Economy, to lease portions of their

property or school buildings located on main streets for shops or advertising signs, the

revenues from which could be appropriated for maintenance purposes.