2004 News Story

Council of Ministers meeting: Iraq, mideast, border security, transport

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz today chaired the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers, which reiterated its concern over the situation in Iraq, especially the continued confrontation in its cities that has resulted in a great many casualties among innocent civilians, including women, children, and the elderly. In this regard, King Fahd stressed the importance of ensuring security in Iraq in order to accomplish the aspirations of the Iraqi people in regaining sovereignty over and reconstructing their country, and to promote Iraq as an effective member of the international community as well as in the Arab and Islamic worlds. These aspirations will not be achieved unless the United Nations assumes its basic role that should be played in accordance with its resolutions and relevant regulations. Once the United Nations plays this role, the international community will recognize that this wise global system is still effective and serves the interest, security, and peace of all the peoples of the world.

The Cabinet then reviewed Israel's persistence in its policy of liquidation, assassination and threats against leaders and symbols of the Palestinian people. This policy, it declared, can only escalate the violence and further destabilize the current situation in the occupied Palestinian territories. Commenting that Israel's violations and aggressive practices against the Palestinian cities and unarmed people clearly show its intentions to strike against and abort any attempts at peace, the Cabinet urged the international community to adopt a unified stance to deter and force Israel to comply with international law, the relevant UN resolutions, and agreements between the Palestinians and the Israelis.
Turning to domestic issues, the Cabinet passed a number of resolutions, including approval of an amendment to Article II of the border security system; and authorization for the Minister of Transport or his deputy to discuss with Jordan, Syria and Lebanon the Kingdom’s accession to the protocol of unified regulations, traffic procedures, and transit passage of public vehicles that has already been signed by these three countries.