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 has had with international leaders over the past week. The cabinet expressed the Kingdom's concern at the deterioration of security in Palestine as a result of Israel's practices aimed at undermining regional and international efforts to contain the situation and to provide the appropriate environment for resuming political dialogue towards implementation of the roadmap; and reiterated the Kingdom's appeal to the international community to take serious and effective measures to halt Israeli plans to undermine endeavors to establish peace in the region.
The cabinet went on to condemn the bombing which occurred last Friday in Najaf, Iraq, claiming the lives of scores of people, including head of the Higher Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq Mohammad Baqir Alhakeem; and also condemned the two bombings that occurred in Bombay, India. These bombings, the cabinet stated, are criminal acts, which target innocent people, destabilize security, and terrorize the innocent, stressing Saudi Arabia's abhorrence of all forms of terrorism and the need to eliminate its causes, and noting that these acts require that the international community bolster efforts to establish peace and stability in all countries of the world, and especially where there is continuous tension such as in Palestine and in Iraq. This tension makes it necessary for the United Nations to make the effort to resolve the crises and establish global stability.
The cabinet welcomed the bilateral agreement the Kingdom signed in Jeddah yesterday with the European Union, which aims at facilitating access to markets in the sectors of goods and services as part of Saudi Arabia's efforts to accede in the near future to the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Turning to domestic issues, the cabinet passed a number of resolutions, including endorsement of the memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the field of preservation of biological diversification between the Kingdom's National Commission for Wildlife Conservation and Development (NCWCD) and the General Commission for the Protection of Environment of the Republic of Yemen; endorsement of the Kingdom's accession to the Paris Agreement for the Protection of Industrial Property and to the Berne Agreement for the Protection of Literary and Technical Works, products of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO); approval of a general agreement on cooperation with the Republic of the Sudan; and authorization for the Minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance or his deputy to discuss a memorandum of understanding on cooperation with the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs of the State of Kuwait.