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 endorsed the maritime border agreement between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the State of Kuwait. The agreement, covering the area of shallow seas adjacent to the former neutral zone, was ratified yesterday by the Consultative Council (Majlis Al-Shura). King Fahd declared that the agreement consolidates the firm fraternal relations between the two countries, and furthermore, enhances the Arab and Islamic worlds. The cabinet expressed appreciation to Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah for his efforts to realize this achievement.

The cabinet then discussed peace in the region in general and in particular the negotiations between the Palestinians and Israelis, noting that these have reached deadlock due to the obstinacy of Israel and the obstacles it has been throwing in the path of fair and comprehensive peace based on United Nations resolutions and the principle of land for peace, in a way that guarantees the restoration of all Arab rights and enables the Palestinians to establish their independent state on their own territories with Al-Quds [Jerusalem] as its capital.
Turning to domestic matters, the cabinet endorsed non-Saudi ownership of and investment in real estate in the Kingdom, and made a number of amendments to the Armed Officers Service Act. On a recommendation from the Minister of Interior, the cabinet approved permission for the Audit Bureau to continue investigating cases of residence permit (iqama) forgery and submit litigation in this regard before the Court of Grievances; all concerned authorities are urged, however, to expedite settlement of such cases in a way that guarantees no prolonged custody for those accused.