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President Arafat visits the Kingdom

Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, who was received yesterday by HRH Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard, today stated that he had been reassured about the health of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz, saying:  “I, personally, as well as all the Palestinian people, are concerned about the health condition of the Saudi monarch”.  President Arafat, describing his talks with Prince Abdullah as “intensive”, said that they focused on issues pertaining to the problems of Palestine including the peace process and the upcoming elections, and that he had briefed the Crown Prince on the situation in the autonomous regions especially in connection with the building up of the economic infrastructure destroyed as a result of the occupation.   President Arafat then said:  “The briefing also included the situation in the Holy City of Jerusalem and the importance of confronting plots for its judaization either by building further settlements around it or changing its characteristics”.

Referring to his talks with Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz, Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector-General, President Arafat said that a number of topics were discussed pertaining to the problems of Palestine and the peace process.   He also met with Prince Salman Bin Abdul Aziz, Governor of Riyadh Province, and expressed the hope that such meetings will continue at all levels and in all directions in the service of Arab interests.

President Arafat reiterated his appreciation of the Kingdom’s stand under the leadership of King Fahd and the Crown Prince in support of the Palestinian cause, saying in reference to a recent donation:   “We have become accustomed to such kind gestures from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which has always backed us”.