2001 News Story

Council of ministers meeting

Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz today chaired the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers, and reiterated the Kingdom's condemnation of the escalation of Israel's repressive measures against the Palestinians that is causing the deaths of scores of innocent people on a daily basis. The cabinet urged the international community, all peace-loving countries, and all international organizations, to exert further effort to remove the injustice that has befallen the Palestinian people and end their ordeal.

Turning to domestic issues, the cabinet adopted a number of resolutions, including: approval of the registration regulations for individuals applying for services involving search and rescue by satellite; endorsement of the Kingdom's accession to the 1996 protocol pertaining to prevention of marine pollution through waste and other materials, for implementation of which the Meteorology and Environmental Protection Agency (MEPA) is responsible; and approval for continuation of the costing system for port services, without prejudice to the second paragraph of the second article of the system issued by Royal Decree M/42 on 2/7/1405.