2005 News Story

Cabinet: praise for security forces; terrorism, Lebanon

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 consultations held with a number of officials and envoys of leaders of friendly countries. Reaffirming the Kingdom's commitment to eradicating terrorism and fighting the deviant group, King Fahd commended the security officers for their professional handling of the incidents that occur, and for their concern to preserve the lives of citizens and to deal with the suspected terrorists with minimum loss.

The Cabinet condemned the acts of terrorism that have taken place in Lebanon, and the latest explosion in the area of Broumannah; and called for stability, security, cooperation, and understanding to prevail in that country, as well as national unity among the various sects.

Turning to its agenda, the Cabinet passed a number of resolutions, including endorsement of the decision taken at the 23rd Summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in Doha, Qatar, on December 22, 2002 calling for equal treatment of citizens within the GCC member states in a number of areas. This includes ownership and circulation of stocks, and qualifications for social insurance. Accordingly, the Minister of Commerce and Industry is authorized to issue regulations for the protection of private commercial information and penalties for their violation; and the concerned authorities are instructed to enforce the decision.