Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard, today presided over the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers and welcomed the peace plan in Kosovo, describing it as "a first step" in solving the conflict, repatriating the Kosovar refugees, restoring safety and stability to the region, and securing the right of the people of Kosovo to live in peace.
Crown Prince Abdullah then briefed the cabinet on the outcome of his recently-concluded tour, which took him to a number of countries in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Information Minister Dr. Fuad Al-Farsi reported that the Crown Prince placed his tour within the Kingdom's efforts to mobilize support for suspended Arab and Muslim issues. Crown Prince Abdullah spoke of the support he found for Arab and Islamic causes, notably the issue of Palestine, the Middle East peace process and the sufferings of the Kosovo people due to Serbian aggression. He told the cabinet that, throughout the tour, he had underscored the Kingdom's firm position advocating issues vital to Arab and Islamic nations. The Crown Prince praised the good responses and sincere wishes demonstrated by the leaders of the friendly and sisterly countries in support of peace.
Turning to the situation in Kashmir, Crown Prince Abdullah reiterated Saudi Arabia's call to both India and Pakistan for self-restraint and for reason and prudence to prevail in solving the problems between them by peaceful means, avoiding any demonstration of force. He warned both sides of the great losses of people and property if they were to engage in war, and paid tribute to Pakistan's concern for negotiation to bring about peace and stability.
The cabinet then turned to domestic issues, and amended paragraph (a) of the tenth point of Article 2 of the Military Badge of Honor Act to read as follows: "This medal is granted to Saudi servicemen and civilians or their colleagues from sisterly and friendly countries whenever they have individually or collectively added improvements or offered scientific or technical inventions or presented studies or researches of benefit to the improvement of military or security weaponry or instruments."