2005 News Story

Cabinet: terrorism, elections, Lebanon, Arab world, Afro-Asian Summit

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz, chairing today the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers, reiterated the Kingdom’s commitment to eradicating Al-Qaeda, and expressed his satisfaction over the achievements and repeated success of the Saudi security forces in aborting the destructive plans of the deviant group, eliminating their desperate attempts to destabilize the Kingdom, and tracking down suspects: the latest of which was the incident in Makkah where a number of wanted suspects were cornered.

King Fahd then expressed his congratulations on the conclusion of the third and final phase of the nationwide elections for the country’s municipal councils, and wished all those elected every success in serving their constituencies.

The Cabinet, reviewing international developments, expressed the hope that Lebanon's new government under Premier Najib Miqati accomplishes the ambitions of all the Lebanese people in these critical times.

King Fahd, stressing the Kingdom's constant commitment to good relations among the international community, commented on the Afro-Asian Summit being held in Jakarta, Indonesia, on the fiftieth anniversary of the Bandung Conference that set up the Non-Aligned Movement, saying its role has enhanced solidarity between the two continents and furthered political, economic and cultural achievements. King Fahd went on to affirm the Kingdom's continued interest in extending economic assistance to developing countries, as well as providing humanitarian aid to alleviate the impact of natural disasters, and confirmed the Kingdom's pledge, announced at the Afro-Asian Summit, of U.S.$ 400 million in export guarantees and soft loans for reconstruction projects in those countries afflicted by the December 2004 tsunami.

Turning to items on its agenda, the Cabinet passed a number of resolutions, including authorization for the Minister of Foreign Affairs or his deputy to discuss with the Arab Gulf Programme for United Nations Developmental Organizations (AGFUND) a draft agreement designating a location for AGFUND headquarters in Riyadh and determining the legal status, privileges, immunities and facilities for the program and its personnel; approval of a draft memorandum on cultural and scientific cooperation between the Ministry of Higher Education and the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; and formation of a three-member panel to adjudge disputes between insurance companies and their clients or other parties and also issue decisions on violations by insurance companies of control and supervision instructions, the panel to be formed of Dr. Bandar bin Raja Alshammari as chairman and Dr. Khalid bin Hasan Banasr and Dr. Waleed bin Mohammed Alshaibani as members, with a term of three years, renewable.