2001 News Story

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 briefed the cabinet on talks he had held with President of the Czech Republic Vaslav Havel that consolidated bilateral relations between the two countries, stressing the Kingdom's constant desire to extend ties of constructive cooperation with all friendly countries and its commitment to its position on dealing with other countries on different issues of global concern, and insisting that Saudi Arabia respect the sovereignty and independence of all countries of the world and observe non-interference in their internal affairs.

With regard to the situation in the region, King Fahd reiterated Saudi Arabia's staunch position in support of the Middle East peace process in a way that would enable the Palestinian people to claim their legitimate rights in accordance with the United Nations resolutions and the agreements and related treaties signed between the parties concerned going back to the Madrid conference, so that security and peace prevail throughout the world.
Turning to domestic matters, the cabinet passed a number of resolutions, including approval of a memorandum of understanding between the foreign ministries of Saudi Arabia and Venezuela, authorization of the Minister of Finance and National Economy or his deputy to sign a draft agreement to establish a duty-free zone between Saudi Arabia and Syria, and granting of a bonus for both full-time and part-time teachers and instructors at the training institute that is an affiliate of the Interior Ministry's technical affairs department.