2000 News Story

Council of Ministers meeting

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz today chaired the regular weekly meeting of

the Council of Ministers, which reiterated Saudi Arabia's support for Muslims all over the world and for all

efforts to spread the Islamic call and to build Islamic centers and mosques; it also attested to its support

for Islamic issues at the international level, emanating from the Kingdom's firm belief in this as a duty.

The cabinet stressed the importance of enhancing solidarity and cooperation among Muslims and Islamic

countries in order to realize prosperity and stability. The Kingdom spares no effort in reaching for greater

achievements that enhance the strength and status of Muslims, unify their ranks, and realize their goals of

progress and prosperity.

King Fahd also reiterated the support of the Saudi government and the Saudi people for the rights of the

Palestinian people, and in particular that of establishing their independent state with Al-Quds [Jerusalem]

as its capital.
Turning to domestic matters, the cabinet approved regulations governing procedures for presenting cases

before the judiciary, as reviewed by the Consultative Council (Majlis Al-Shura).
The cabinet passed a number of resolutions, including authorization for Second Deputy Prime Minister,

Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector-General Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz or his deputy to sign

a draft memorandum of understanding between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Islamic Republic of

Iran covering the fields of meteorology, protection of the environment, preservation of endangered

species, and management of natural resources; approval of regulations related to local use of the

industrial silica (white sand) and its export to Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states; and authorization

for the foreign minister to discuss preparations for a general agreement in the economic, commercial,

investment and technical fields between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Uruguay.