2003 News Story

Cabinet meeting

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz today chaired the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers and expressed the appreciation of the Kingdom, its government and its people, for the congratulations extended to them by world leaders on the occasion of National Day [September 23], and thanked the Kingdom's citizens for their heartfelt expressions of the cohesion and unity that exists between the country's leadership and its people. The cabinet was then briefed on the visit paid to Madinah by Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, during which he met with citizens and inaugurated a number of projects. King Fahd noted with appreciation how the citizens, during their meetings with the Crown Prince, condemned the criminal acts perpetrated by a deviant group in desperate attempts to destabilize the Kingdom and its people; stressed that this cohesion between the leadership and citizens will ensure the eradication of this sinful and wicked group; and affirmed that the Kingdom will continue to be an oasis of safety and security under the umbrella of Shariah [Islamic Law], the Holy Qur'an, and the Sunnah [deeds and sayings] of the Prophet.

The cabinet then discussed the recent conference that was held in Kazakhstan on 'Dialogue among Civilizations', and pointed out that dialogue is the best way to achieve global understanding and cooperation, and that agreement through dialogue to achieve peace for humanity will bring about security for all, keep societies away from confrontation, eradicate the causes of disputes and unify efforts to deal with the problems suffered by the world, especially by terrorism. In its speech addressed to the conference the Kingdom stressed that terrorism is not limited to a country or nationality, nor does it belong to a certain religion, culture or civilization since it is a criminal act against all humanity and all religions.
The cabinet then reiterated its denunciation of Israel's practices of killing the Palestinian leadership and people, severely punishing them, and demolishing their houses, and again called on the international community to seriously activate efforts to force the Israeli authorities to respect the United Nations resolutions and implement the Roadmap.
Turning to domestic issues, the cabinet passed a number of resolutions, including approval for the insertion into current air agreements with a number of countries of all or part of the model text on air safety regulations as endorsed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO); approval of amendment to regulations governing National Guard personnel; authorization for the Minister of Justice or his deputy to draft and sign an agreement on judiciary cooperation with the Republic of the Sudan; and endorsement of amendments made by the ministers of education of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on the establishment of the Arab Gulf University.