Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz yesterday presided over the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers, and gave praise to God Almighty for enabling the Saudi government and people to strictly adhere to the teachings of Islam, and to serve Islam and Muslims, notably in respect of the Two Holy Mosques and the pilgrims and visitors to them. King Fahd reiterated the Kingdom's determination to continue with its Islamic mission in the light of the teachings of the Holy Qur'an and the Sunnah (the prophet's sayings and deeds). Expressing grief and sorrow over the problems and differences facing certain Muslim countries, saying that a continuation of such problems and differences would have an adverse impact on them, King Fahd, from Makkah during the Holy Month [Ramadan], called on all Muslims throughout the world to work for solidarity in order to confront plots hatched against them.
The cabinet was briefed on current developments at Arab, Islamic and international levels, including Israel's practices against the Palestinian people and its shelling of southern Lebanon, killing innocent civilians. The cabinet urged the international community to work to put an end to Israel's vicious practices.
The cabinet then adopted a number of resolutions, including approval of extending the agreement between the Kingdom and France on avoiding double taxation on income and inheritance.
In conclusion, Dr. Al-Farsi announced that the next meeting of the Council of Ministers would be on February 1, 1999.