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Council of Ministers meeting

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz today chaired the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers and reiterated his call to all peace-loving countries to support the Palestinian people against the current Israeli aggression. These attacks, he said, target innocent people and Islamic sanctuaries, and prevent the Middle East from enjoying security and stability, since they constitute a barrier to the development of a comprehensive and fair peace in accordance with the relevant United Nations resolutions, the Madrid Conference, and the principle of land for peace; and to the restoration of the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people including that of establishing their independent state with Al-Quds [Jerusalem] as its capital and the return of all the occupied Syrian Golan Heights to the borders of June 4, 1967. The cabinet described Israel's brutal attacks against the Palestinians as contradicting not only the UN resolutions but the most basic of human rights.

At the start of the meeting, Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector-General Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz briefed the cabinet on his recent tour of China, South Korea, Malaysia and Kazakhstan, from which he has just returned. The tour resulted in several bilateral agreements.
Turning to domestic issues, the cabinet passed a number of resolutions, including authorization for the Minister of Interior or his deputy to sign a draft memorandum of understanding with the Republic of India regarding cooperation in the field of combating crime.