Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz today chaired the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers and reiterated the condolences of the leadership, government and people of Saudi Arabia on the death of President Hafez Al-Assad of the Syrian Arab Republic, who passed away on Saturday. He expressed to the government and people of Syria deep sorrow over the President's sudden death, and appealed to God Almighty to forgive him and accept him into Paradise.
King Fahd then welcomed the visit to the Kingdom of President Ali Abdullah Saleh of the Republic of Yemen, a visit, he said, that consolidates the amicable, strong and deep-rooted relations of religion, language, neighborliness and brotherhood that bind the two countries.
Turning to the Kingdom's educational achievements in various fields, King Fahd said these were contributing in bringing out new generations that are well-equipped, with strong faith and scientific knowledge to serve their religion and their nation. On the occasion of the end of the school year, he congratulated all students, male and female, on their academic efforts and good results. He urged the young people to take the opportunity of the summer vacation to make use of the Kingdom's natural resources and facilities.
Briefing the cabinet on the latest political developments in the region and the world, King Fahd reiterated the Kingdom's call to Ethiopia and Eritrea to stop fighting each other and resort to peaceful resolution of their dispute.
Turning to domestic affairs, the cabinet passed a number of resolutions, including authorization of the Minister of Foreign Affairs or his deputy to sign a draft agreement on general cooperation with the Republic of Romania; re-structuring of the regulations concerning the spouses of students or government personnel on scholarships abroad who plan to join them for study; and formation, for an initial period of three years, of a Council for Cooperative Medical Insurance under the chairmanship of the Minister of Health, and with as members, Dr. Fahd Bin Abdullah Al-Abdul-Jabbar, representing the military health service sector; Dr. Abdul-Jalil Bin Ali Al-Saif, representing the Ministry of Interior; Dr. Othman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabee'a, representing the Ministry of Health; Jammaz Bin Abdullah Al-Sihaimi, representing the Ministry of Finance and National Economy; Dr. Amro Bin Ibrahim Rajab, representing the Ministry of Commerce; Dr. Talaat Bin Hamza Al-Waznah, representing the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs; Dr. Abdulaziz Bin Ali Al-Mashari, representing the universities' medical service; Dr. Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al-Abdulqader, representing the Saudi Chambers of Commerce and Industry; Musa Bin Abdul-Karim Al-Ribai'an, representing the cooperative insurance companies; and Ibrahim Bin Mohammed Al-Mane'a, representing the private sector.