1999 News Story

Council of Ministers meeting

Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul

Aziz presided today over the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers, and

expressed his appreciation for the overwhelming feelings of sorrow and sympathy from

leaders, rulers, and heads of state of Arab, Islamic and friendly countries, and from the

Saudi people and the people of Arab and Islamic nations, on the sad demise of Prince Faisal

Bin Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz. Prince Faisal, who was President of Youth Welfare, died at the age

of 54 in Riyadh on Saturday. Crown Prince Abdullah declared that Prince Faisal had

dedicated his life to the service of his country, his religion, and all mankind, saying:

"Prince Faisal was at the forefront in carrying out benevolent deeds and in serving the

nation, Islam, and humanity. He exerted strenuous efforts to upgrade the activities of

young Saudis in culture and sports not only at the domestic level but also at Arab and

global levels."

Reviewing the latest developments, the cabinet expressed profound regret at the Israeli

government's continuing to obstruct implementation of agreements it had concluded with the

Palestinians, and using these agreements as bargaining chips for the final solution

negotiations. Crown Prince Abdullah said Saudi Arabia would like to see peace in a fair,

permanent and comprehensive form that guarantees the full rights of the various parties,

remarking that the Israeli plots to delay implementation of these agreements contradict

what Israel previously demonstrated as a desire for peace. He called for implementation of

the agreements concluded according to a fixed timetable to pave the way for embarking on

the final status negotiations on the bases of credibility and confidence, with the

provision that the city of Al-Quds [Jerusalem] is the capital of the Palestinian state. The

Crown Prince went on to underscore the importance of reviving the impasse in the Middle

East peace process on the Syrian and Lebanese tracks, and of resuming negotiations from the

point they were suspended. He confirmed the Kingdom's stance under the leadership of the

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz in support of its Arab brothers

in obtaining all their rights and reaching a just peace.