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 welcomed the positive outcome of the first of the regular Arab Summits that was recently held in the Jordanian capital, Amman, as serving the cause of the Arab World in general as well as that of the Palestinians.

The cabinet then strongly condemned the dangerous escalation of activity by the oppressive Israeli forces against unarmed Palestinians in the occupied Arab lands, denouncing Israel's air raids and bombing of residential quarters that have killed and injured a great many Palestinians in flagrant violation of human rights and international conventions, and in abject disregard for the relevant United Nations resolutions that aimed at bringing about peace in this sensitive region of the world. These resolutions require that all peace-loving nations, and especially the sponsors of peace in the Middle East, spare no effort to establish that peace with stability and justice, avoiding double standards.
Turning to domestic matters, the cabinet passed a number of resolutions, including:
• Approval of regulations for the formation of labor committees, specifying one such committee in each company with one hundred or more Saudi employees. Each committee shall have no fewer than three and no more than nine members, and submit to the management of the company recommendations on matters relating to work and productivity.
• Authorization for the Minister of Foreign Affairs or his deputy to sign the draft general agreement with the government of Nigeria for cooperation in the areas of economics, commerce, investment, technology, culture, sport and youth.
• Approval for a 3.6 square kilometer mining concession to the Saudi Ceramic Company for exploitation of feldspar ore in the Safha Mountains to the west of Tannoumah in Asir Province.