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 the contacts he had had with a number of world leaders on international developments. King Fahd stressed that the tragic events and bloody conflicts witnessed worldwide necessitate that the international community and the United Nations work earnestly to unite efforts, strengthen dialogue, and improve understanding and empathy among nations; and to spread the culture of peace in order to promote human respect, strengthen the principles of justice, tolerance and equality, and renounce violence, injustice and racial discrimination.
The Cabinet called on the United Nations and the international community to intervene to halt Israel's annihilation of the Palestinian people, the demolition of their houses, and the escalation of its racial aggression and terrorism in the Gaza Strip, especially in Jabalya Camp and Rafah. The Cabinet further demanded that unanimous international action be taken to stop Israel’s terrorist practices and its outrageous aggression that aims at annihilation of the Palestinian people; and urged the Quartet Committee and the United Nations Security Council to adopt a strict stance against these criminal acts that are contrary to the basic rights of human beings.
Saudi Arabia renews its call for all countries to mobilize every effort to enhance international cooperation to combat terrorism, those who instigate it, and those who finance it. This call emanates from its belief that terrorism is a dangerous international phenomenon that should be confronted with the cooperation and solidarity of all nations. King Fahd reiterated the Kingdom's rejection and condemnation of terrorism in all its forms, its cooperation with the international community to eradicate it, and its full support for related resolutions of the United Nations Security Council. Saudi Arabia’s desire to host an international conference on combating terrorism in February of 2005 emanates from its firm stance against this phenomenon and from the need for the international community to cooperate in fighting it.
Reviewing a report on the National Campaign for Awareness of Water Conservation that was launched last Saturday, the Cabinet stressed the importance of rationalizing the use of water, which is essential for the continuation of life. The Cabinet welcomed the speech of Crown Prince Abdullah on this occasion, in which he stressed the necessity of preserving water resources.
Turning to domestic issues, the Cabinet passed a number of resolutions, including endorsement of the recommendations of the recent symposium on ways of enhancing cooperation to achieve the objectives of comprehensive auditing and control of performance.