2003 News Story

Cabinet 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 stressed that the Kingdom's security should be maintained as a duty to be assumed by every citizen, and that deterring anyone who tries to destabilize the country is an obligation ordained by faith. Islam, he said, calls for the preservation of lives, honor and property; and Islam forbids the killing of innocents as a crime. He went on to point out that the outcome of recent events in the wake of criminal acts have embodied the unity between the leadership and the people of the Kingdom, and their solidarity in confronting a deviant and abnormal faction and those who support it, which has led to the capture of its members in the very act and the eradication of their dark hiding places. The Crown Prince expressed satisfaction over this evidence of unity between citizens and the leadership, as has been thankfully demonstrated by the fact that families have been turning in those wanted and giving information to the authorities.

Crown Prince Abdullah also urged students to take advantage of all available opportunities during their vacation, and benefit from the summer educational centers set up by the Ministry of Education for sports, culture, social and scientific activities.
The Cabinet was then briefed by Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector-General Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz on his visit to the Republic of Yemen, where he met with President Ali Abdullah Salih, and the outcome of the 15th session of the Saudi-Yemeni Coordination Council.
On the Palestinian issue, the Cabinet again expressed its appreciation of the united Palestinian stand behind the strategy of the Palestinian National Authority to deal with the 'roadmap', noting that this attests to the seriousness of the Palestinian appeal to the international community and to the United States of America.
Turning to domestic issues, the cabinet passed a number of resolutions, including approval for new regulations on the provision of services to homes whose owners have not yet obtained legal ownership documents.