1999 News Story

Council of Ministers meeting

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz today presided over the regular

weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers, and commented on the current political

situation in Pakistan triggered by the military coup that overthrew the government of Prime

Minister Nawaz Sharif. Expressing the Kingdom's profound concern and anxiety, and the

fervent wish that wisdom and reason prevail in Pakistan for the sake of that country's

security and prosperity, the cabinet declared that Saudi Arabia stands by the cause of


King Fahd then reiterated the Kingdom's concern to deepen the ties of constructive

cooperation with all Arab countries to reach fruitful and positive results that serve their

people's interests while preserving the integrity of their territories and realizing their

security, stability and prosperity.  He declared that the tour of Morocco, Algeria and

Tunisia recently undertaken by Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard

Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz comes within the Kingdom's endeavors in this respect,

and expressed appreciation of the Crown Prince's efforts to maintain the best of relations

with its sister Arab states.
The cabinet then passed a number of resolutions, including authorization of the Minister of

Foreign Affairs or his representative to negotiate with Portugal regarding a draft

agreement on economic, cultural and technical cooperation.