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Council of Ministers meeting

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz chaired the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers today, which reiterated the Kingdom's position in support of the Palestinians in their negotiations with Israel in realizing their aspirations to establish an independent state on their national territory with Al-Quds [Jerusalem] as its capital, guaranteeing the maintenance and preservation of Palestinian rights according to United Nations resolutions 242, 338, and 194.

King Fahd expressed the satisfaction of the Saudi government and people for the extent of development realized by the republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina towards restoring its normal life and the country's infrastructure, including Islamic facilities and related educational, health and development projects. He praised the great efforts that have been exerted by the Higher Commission for the Collection of Donations for Bosnia-Herzegovina under the chairmanship of Governor of Riyadh Province Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, since its inception in 1992. King Fahd briefed the cabinet on the projects implemented by the Commission that were inaugurated by Prince Salman during his recent tour, saying they clearly reflect the tremendous popular response of the Kingdom's government and people to the Bosnian cause and its continuing fraternal humanitarian contact with this Balkan country.
The Minister of Health then briefed the cabinet on the latest developments of the health situation in Jizan in the southwest, and reported that the epidemic known as the 'rift valley fever' that hit the region over the last few days was completely under control. He told the cabinet that the authorities concerned, including the Ministry of Agriculture and Water were exerting great efforts to expedite the elimination of this disease.
Turning to domestic matters, the cabinet authorized the Minister of Foreign Affairs or his deputy to discuss a draft agreement on cooperation with the Republic of Argentina in technical, scientific and technological fields, and also authorized the President of Youth Welfare or his deputy to discuss a draft agreement on sports cooperation between the two countries. A similar agreement was approved for cooperation in sports between the Kingdom and the Republic of Chad.