Riyadh, 5 December 2000
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques
King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud presided over the weekly Cabinet
session at al-Yamamah Palace here on Monday evening. The session dealt
with a number of domestic topics pertaining to preparations of the
Ministries and various governmental sectors for the state's General
Budget for the year 1421-1422AH.
The Cabinet was briefed by the
Ministers concerned on the proposed projects within the framework of
the second year of the seventh five-year Development Plan. The Cabinet
was also briefed by the Minister of Finance and National Economy on
the budget's features and its welfare indicators for the country to
strengthen further its steady development and progress in all vital
Following the session, Minister of
Information Dr Fouad bin Abdul Salam Al-Farsy said that the monarch
gave directives that priority in financial appropriations should be
given to services relating to the needs of citizens directly and that
care should be accorded to everything relating to the citizens in
their capacity as the foundation of the Kingdom’s development.
In the Arab arena, the Minister of
Information said that King Fahd reviewed the tragic situation of the
Palestinian people ensuing from Israel's escalating aggression,
stressing the necessity that the world community should bring an end
to Palestinian suffering by forcing Israel to comply with all
international resolutions and relevant bilateral agreements that
demand the Palestinian right to self determination and the
establishment of an independent state with al-Quds as its capital.
After reviewing the report submitted
by the Minister of Finance and National Economy on the decision issued
by the Supreme Council of the Arab Gulf Cooperation Council in its
session held in Riyadh during the period from Shaaban 19 to 21,
1420AH, on setting up GCC customs union effective from March 1, 2005,
the Cabinet decided that the concerned bodies should take the measures
necessary to implement the decision.
The Cabinet also approved
appointments of Prince Dr Mohammed bin Salman bin Mohammed Al Saud to
the post of Director General of Follow-up at the Ministry of Interior,
Prince Abdullah bin Fahd bin Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Saud to the
post of Assistant Undersecretary of the Governorate for Security
Affairs in Makkah region and Dr Saad bin Abdulrahman Al-Ammar to the
post of Director General of Employment at the Ministry of Labour and
Social Affairs. All three appointments were at grade 14.
The Cabinet also endorsed
appointments of Dr Abdul Aziz bin Sulaiman Al-Ateeq to the post of
Director General of Business Administration of the Higher Economic
Council at its General Secretariat and Dr Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz
Al-Saleh to the post of Secretary General of the Higher Education
Council. Both appointments were at grade 15.