2004 News Story

Cabinet: mideast, Iraq, Ireland, education

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz today chaired the regular weekly session of the Council of Ministers, which issued a warning to Israel’s occupying forces not to harm any of the holy places in the Palestinian territories, and called on the international community to put pressure on Israel to respect these holy places. The Cabinet also expressed deep concern over Israel's decision to expand the illegal settlements throughout the occupied Palestinian territories, notably in the West Bank.

On Iraq, the Cabinet reiterated the Kingdom's call for Iraqis to work with their government, and again urged the various peace-loving international parties to demonstrate greater cooperation, in order to achieve security and stability in that country.

Turning to domestic issues, the Cabinet passed a number of resolutions, including authorization for the Minister of Foreign Affairs or his deputy to draft a political memorandum of understanding with the foreign ministry of the Republic of Ireland; and approval for the Ministry of Education to reduce the preliminary insurance rate of one percent of the value of the contract to update and develop the curricula of sciences and mathematics for the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).