Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz today presided over the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers and expressed the Kingdom's deep grief over the death of Emir of Bahrain Sheikh Isa Bin Salman Al-Khalifa, who passed away last Saturday.
Information Minister Dr. Fouad Bin Abdulsalam Al-Farsi reported that King Fahd highlighted the late Emir's distinguished characteristics of nobility, generosity, morality and humbleness, and stated: "The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia expresses its condolences to the Al-Khalifa family and to the brotherly people of Bahrain, and reaffirms its stand beside Bahrain in all circumstances and situations." The cabinet praised Sheikh Isa's efforts in building up his state, the works undertaken by him to strengthen its relations with the world and to promote Arab and Islamic solidarity, and his fruitful participation in Arab, Islamic and international arenas, especially the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The cabinet went on to pray God to ensure success for the new Emir of Bahrain, Sheikh Hamad Bin Isa Bin Salman Al-Khalifa.
The cabinet went on to review the latest developments in the region, especially Israel's continuing aggression against Lebanon which has resulted in the death of innocent civilians including infants, women, and the elderly. King Fahd underlined the need to pressure Israel to implement the UN resolutions regarding the occupied Arab lands, especially number 425 calling for unconditional withdrawal from southern Lebanon. King Fahd then briefed the cabinet on two messages received by him, one from Iranian President Muhammad Khatami and the other from Mauritanian President Maaouya Ould Sid Ahmed Taya, saying these came within the framework of consultation and cooperation in all that is of benefit to the Islamic world as well as promoting relations with Mauritania and Iran.
The cabinet then passed a number of resolutions, including endorsement of the re-structuring of the board of directors of Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAA) for a period of three years, effective from today, under the chairmanship of the Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector-General or whomsoever he delegates, with as members the Assistant to the Minister of Defense and Aviation for Civil Aviation Affairs, the Director-General of SAA, the President of Civil Aviation, the Undersecretary for Budget and Organizational Affairs at the Ministry of Finance and National Economy, the Communications Undersecretary for Planning and Follow-up, the Commerce Undersecretary for Technical Affairs, and representatives from business and chambers of commerce and industry.