Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz today chaired the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers, which inspected reports on the work of a number of ministries and governmental agencies directly concerned with providing services to citizens. The reports cover development projects and programs that have been completely implemented or have been under implementation over the period from the beginning of the general State budget for FY 1421/1422 H  to date. King Fahd reiterated that building and development should be comprehensive and routine procedures, and made easy for both citizens and expatriates whether in urban or rural areas, and expressed satisfaction with the achievements so far.
The cabinet then reviewed a report on the results and recommendations of the emergency meeting of Arab information ministers held last week in Cairo. Stressing the need to boost Arab media efforts in serving Arab causes, especially that of Palestine, the report reviewed the daily struggle experienced by the Palestinian people, and their suffering that originates from brutal Israeli aggression, with various deadly weapons used against defenseless people whose only guilt is their demand for independence and the preservation of their lands and heritage. In this context, the Kingdom emphasized its deep concern for what is going on in the Holy City of Al-Quds and in the occupied Palestinian lands, and called on the international community represented in the United Nations Security Council, especially the United States, to exert fair efforts to lift the injustice imposed on the Palestinian people and achieve their aspirations for protection, independence and freedom.
Turning to domestic matters, the cabinet passed a number of resolutions, including endorsement of an amended version of the patents regulations for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) that was submitted by the Minister of Finance and National Economy and approved by the Consultative Council (Majlis Al-Shura), and based on those initially approved by the GCC Supreme Council in its 20th session in Riyadh in 1999; and approval of amended rules for the practice of retail trade by GCC citizens, in accordance with the text attached to the decision, and agreement on proceeding with its application by allowing production establishments and units to open commercial representation offices in member countries. In view of water shortages suffered by Al-Baha Province, the cabinet also resolved that the cost of constructing the Aradah Valley Dam be included in the budget of the Ministry of Water for the FY 1422/1423 H (2002).