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 Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, saying they covered bilateral relations as well as international issues, and praising the deep brotherly relations that bind the Kingdom with the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). He also praised the GCC leaders' concern to hold regular meetings with each other to review all topics related to the mutual interests of their peoples.
King Fahd also briefed the cabinet on talks he had held with visiting Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, and praised the constructive understanding that had prevailed, emanating from the desire of both countries to deepen their growing relations.
The cabinet then reviewed the latest developments in the Palestinian territories, notably the violence and killing inflicted on unarmed Palestinians by the usurping Israeli forces, which continue their inhuman and outrageous practices against the Palestinian people. The cabinet called on the international community and in particular the United Nations and the United States of America, to work to put an end to Israel's blatant aggression. King Fahd reaffirmed that Saudi Arabia stands in constant and complete support of the Palestinian cause, and for the right of the Palestinians to return to their homeland, regain all their usurped lands, and set up their independent state with Al-Quds [Jerusalem] as its capital.
Turning to domestic matters, the cabinet passed a number of resolutions, including authorization for the Foreign Minister or his deputy to discuss draft agreements, one with the Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, and the other with the Slovak Republic, for cooperation in economic, commercial, investment, technical and cultural fields; and approval for the Ministry of Agriculture and Water to represent the Kingdom on the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).