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 called on Ethiopia and Eritrea to respond positively to the ongoing international diplomatic initiatives in order to realize a mutually acceptable solution for terminating the conflict between them. The Saudi monarch cautioned against the use of force by the two countries, which benefits neither of them, and harms security in the region.

Information Minister Dr. Al-Farsi reported that King Fahd then briefed the cabinet on his discussions with Kuwaiti Crown Prince and Prime Minister Sheikh Saad Al-Abdullah Al-Sabah, which dealt with bilateral relations and ways of boosting cooperation within the framework of the existing distinguished relations between the Kingdom and Kuwait.
Turning to domestic matters, the cabinet reviewed ministerial reports, and issued a number of resolutions.  Among them was approval of the resolution adopted by the 19th GCC Summit regarding annual payments of U.S. $ 2 million to support Islamic and Arab organizations and institutions operating in the United States;  endorsement of further extension of the private sector's role in the management of the sea ports; and approval of the Board of Directors of the General Organization for Grain Silos and Flour Mills for a period of three years, effective from the date of this resolution, the board being comprised of the Minister of Agriculture and Water as chairman, and, as members, the organization's Director-General, and representatives from the ministries of Commerce, Finance and National Economy and Agriculture and Water, plus two representatives from the private sector, namely Rashid Bin Abdullah Al-Rashid Al-Humaid and Mohammad Bin Abdullah Bin Rashid Abu Niyan.