2000 News Story

Council of Ministers meeting

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz today chaired the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers, and, praising God for His blessings and for the stability, prosperity and success arising from devotion to Shariah [Islamic Law] as a way of life in accordance with the Holy Qur'an and the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad, referred to the country's National Day that the government of people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have been celebrating. This day, he said, one that is dear to every citizen, commemorates the day [in 1932] on which King Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al-Saud completed the unification of the then-divided land, and announced that it would be named "The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia", thereby crowning the strenuous struggle begun in 1902 when he and his handful of men restored to Saudi rule the city of Riyadh.

King Fahd went on to say that this important national occasion stands as a memorial to the efforts of the great nation-builder, and the men who set out on this task under the eternal credo of "There is no God but God, and Muhammad is his Messenger", working through right, justice, determination and firm will to build a modern state that adheres to the Islamic faith and to the Arabic identity. National Day, he declared, reflects the depth of the bond between the people and their leaders, in realizing greater progress, stability and prosperity for the citizens and the nation. He also confirmed that the Kingdom will continue along the path set out by its founder, in terms of internal and external policies aimed at enhancing and consolidating ties and maintaining the bases of mutual and bilateral Arab, Islamic and international cooperation for whatever serves Islam and the Muslims, supports international security and peace, and constructively contributes to bringing about world stability.
The cabinet then listened to a report presented by the Ministers of Agriculture and Water, Health, and Municipal and Rural Affairs, based on their field visits to the Jizan area to follow up the efforts being exerted by their three ministries to control the recent outbreak there of Rift Valley Fever (RVF). King Fahd, exhorting greater efforts to contain this disease and wipe it out, for the health and interests of the citizens, nevertheless expressed satisfaction at the report, which confirmed that all necessary measures had been taken to prevent the spread of the epidemic and finally eliminate it, citing intensive spray of insects, prevention of entry or exit of livestock to Jizan Province and adjacent areas, and vaccination of healthy animals in collaboration and coordination with specialized international commissions and organizations.
Turning to domestic matters, the cabinet authorized the head of civil aviation to sign a draft agreement on air transportation services with the Kingdom of Nepal. It also authorized the Minister of Planning, upon a recommendation from the Minister of Finance and National Economy, to sign an agreement with the Republic of South Korea on the enhancement and protection of investment.