Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz today chaired the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers, which praised the presentation of Saudi Arabia's point of view by Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz at the Group of Eight (G8) Summit of Industrialized Countries currently in progress in the French town of Evian, highlighting the results of the Kingdom's active cooperation with international efforts to combat terrorism, its efforts to achieve a just peace in the region, and its commitment to averting the negative impacts of the war in Iraq.
King Fahd went on to stress the positive contribution citizens and residents can make towards foiling any action that may affect the Kingdom's stability and security, or the tolerant values and principles of shariah [Islamic Law]; and praised the security men who are tracking down and apprehending criminals who have perpetrated acts of terrorism, and those who support them. The cabinet reiterated the Kingdom's rejection of terrorism in all its forms and reaffirmed that terrorism is not confined to one religion, homeland or race. The Kingdom denounces exploitation of the recent criminal terrorist acts to accuse Islam itself of terrorism, stressing that the perpetrators of these crimes who do so in the name of religion are deviants, and Islam is innocent of their criminal actions.
On the situation in Iraq, the cabinet welcomed the United Nations Security Council's resolution to lift sanctions, since this will contribute to enabling the Iraqi people to reform their institutions, reconstruct their country, restore stability and security, and create conditions that will allow them to determine their political future.
On the latest developments in the occupied Palestinian territories, the cabinet described Israel's recognition of the 'roadmap' as a first step that should be followed by serious practical measures that show practical commitment and sincere implementation of all its items, fully, faithfully and without procrastination, including the implementation of all its rights and references such as the comprehensive Arab peace initiative endorsed by the Beirut summit, in order to achieve a just, comprehensive and lasting peace in the region, including the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Al-Quds [East Jerusalem] as its capital.
Turning to domestic issues, the cabinet passed a number of resolutions, including endorsement of the draft agreement on air transportation services that was signed on May 26, 2002 with the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia; and authorization for the Minister of Foreign Affairs or his deputy to discuss drafting a memorandum of understanding with Libya.