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Council of Ministers meeting

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz today presided over the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers and briefed the cabinet on his recent talks with King Abdullah of Jordan, confirming the depth and firmness of the fraternal relations that bind the peoples of the two kingdoms and expressing the concern of their leaders to enhance joint efforts for the benefit of the Arab and the Muslim worlds.

The cabinet then reiterated their firm position on the need for Israel to withdraw fully from occupied Arab territories in Palestine, Syria and Lebanon, without delay and in accordance with the relevant international agreements.
Turning to the electricity sector and its role in enhancing social life as well as economic productivity, King Fahd highlighted the great strides it has made in quality and quantity, with its services now covering most of the Kingdom in spite of the vastness of the area. The power sector, he said, would continue its intensive plans towards improving its capabilities to cope with current and future increases in demand, and referred to the formation of the Saudi Electric Company (SEC) following the merger of all the power corporations into one joint stock company. He reiterated his call for all citizens and expatriates to rationalize their use of electric power, as they rationalize water usage.
Discussing recommendations submitted by the conference of provincial directors of passports in Riyadh some three years ago, the cabinet agreed that the government shoulder the following costs: residence permits (iqamas) and exit and re-entry visas for wives of disabled Saudi nationals; transfer of sponsorship of dependents to Saudi women from foreign spouses, with the exception of such transfer for work purposes; and waiver of any traffic or other fines outstanding against deceased foreigners, in order to facilitate the repatriation of their bodies.
The cabinet then passed a number of other resolutions, including authorization of the General President of Youth Welfare or his deputy to sign a draft agreement on cooperation between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Poland in the field of youth and sports; and endorsement of new regulations for the treatment and recycling of sanitary drainage water, granting a five-year grace period for authorities that have such treatment stations to bring them up to the new standards.