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 importance of the strategic petroleum reserve project inaugurated last week by Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz. Since it is directly linked with day-to-day activities, he said, it enhances the structure of the national economy.
Information Minister Dr. Fuad Al-Farsi reported that King Fahd went on to express pride in the remarkable contribution of the military to the development process, especially in the area of human resources. He expressed appreciation for the important role being played by Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard, in following up on development projects, such as that of the strategic petroleum reserve. For this, King Fahd also praised the efforts of Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector-General Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz, Minister of Petroleum and Minerals Ali Al-Naimi, and all the other officials involved, as well as the private sector.
Meanwhile, the cabinet reviewed the latest developments pertaining to the Serbian aggression against Kosovo and the ongoing international efforts to bring about peace there. The King expressed the wish that a comprehensive settlement be reached soon to ensure peace and stability in the region. As for the Middle East, the cabinet condemned Israel's inhumane practices in Palestine and its recent aggression against Lebanon as an attempt to abort the peace process in the region. The King urged the international community to put pressure on Israel to comply with the UN resolutions and adhere to the agreements it signed with the Arab parties.
The cabinet then issued a number of resolutions, including approval of amendments to the constitution of the World Health Organization increasing the number of executive council members from 32 to 34.