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Crown Prince Abdullah attends Damascus Summit

Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard, today returned from Damascus where he led the Saudi delegation to the two-day tripartite Arab summit meeting on behalf of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz. On his departure from Damascus, he sent a cable of thanks and appreciation to President Hafez Al-Assad in which he stated: "We return to our country with full optimism and no room for pessimism that peace and justice will eventually prevail in this land which will never be defeated by oppression, and if we observe anyone who, not seeing the track of just peace, disregards its favors, we should not be worried or in haste to respond to his falsehood, because we should depend on God and then on Arab and Islamic rights."

[See full text of communiqué issued by the tripartite summit]

Yesterday, on his arrival in Damascus for the official visit, he emphasized that the tripartite summit was being held for the sake of a just and legitimate peace, and to prove to the entire peace-loving world that "we are heralds of peace but with no surrender or retreat", adding that the will for peace derives from the understanding of peace in Arab and Islamic values and traditions, and from the historic right and determination of Arab and Islamic states which always advocate peace, justice, love and dignity. Crown Prince Abdullah also expressed sincere hopes that the fear dominating the land of the Prophets and of Heavenly Messages would be dispersed and that peace and security would be set up instead, a matter that could never be attained by brute force or unlawful seizure of legitimate rights, saying: "We want peace and security for others as we want it for our own people, because security can only be realized through peace and justice. On the other hand, the excessive language of force can only reproduce itself. We have come here, and with us the Arab Nation expressing its hopes and dreams for peace, ready to protect peace and defend it with every legitimate right."