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 the outcome of his talks with visiting Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zaid Al-Nahayan, Heir Apparent of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Both countries, he said, are desirous of enhancing cooperation between them in all fields, arising from the ties of fraternity and friendship that bind the two peoples.
King Fahd went on to praise the new school computer project named after Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz that has been designed to introduce computer applications to government schools with the aim of helping students cope with the new developments, changes and requirements of the era.
King Fahd also referred to the Third Annual National Campaign for rationalization of water, and remarked on the deficiency of water in the Kingdom and the importance of preserving water resources. He called for close cooperation between government authorities and those who benefit, noting that demand for water has been steadily increasing due to the rise of population on one hand and greater requirements from economic, agricultural, social and architectural developments in the Kingdom on the other. Since the early days of the Kingdom's founder, King Abdul Aziz, the Saudi leadership has provided water for public and private use though digging artisan wells, establishing reservoirs, and building desalination plants. King Fahd reiterated his call to citizens and expatriates to join efforts to preserve water and rationalize its usage.
On developments in the Middle East, the cabinet listened to a report on the crippled peace process, including the obstacles and procrastination made by Israel and its lack of interest in realizing peace. The meeting was also briefed on the outcome of the U.S.-Palestinian summit meeting, and urged the United States of America to force Israel to live up to its bilateral commitments as well as international agreements concluded within the United Nations resolutions.
Turning to domestic issues, the cabinet passed a number of resolutions, including that the Minister of Interior be added as a member to the Supreme Commission for the King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST); and approval of a memorandum of understanding on bilateral consultations between the foreign ministries of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Italy.