1997 News Story

Prince Saud Al-Faisal attends Saudi-Egyptian meeting

Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud Al-Faisal yesterday delivered to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak a message from Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz, while in Cairo to co-chair, with Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa, the seventh session of the Joint Saudi-Egyptian Higher Commission.

The communiqué issued yesterday at the end of the Commission's meeting highlighted the existing fraternal relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Egypt and reiterated their mutual concern for the realization of a just and comprehensive peace in the Middle East based on UN resolutions 242, 338 and 425 and the principle of land-for-peace, and their opposition to Israel's settlement policy in Palestinian territories as Israeli attempts to judaize Jerusalem in violation of these resolutions.

The two countries also agreed on the importance of ridding the Middle East of all weapons of mass destruction, getting Israel into the Treaty for Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, and putting all nuclear facilities under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Reviewing the tense situation caused by the Turkish military intervention in northern Iraq, the communiqué called on Turkey to withdraw immediately and unconditionally from Iraqi territory.   On the other hand, the communiqué reiterated the importance of Iraq complying with all UN resolutions pertaining to its occupation of Kuwait.  The two countries deplored the military cooperation between Turkey and Israel and urged Turkey to revise its policy and enhance its relations with Arab and Islamic states.

Concerning Iran, the communiqué expressed satisfaction over the statements of the Iranian President-elect, and called for the opening of a new page in Arab-Iranian relations, as well as settlement of the dispute between Iran and the UAE over the three islands in the Arabian Gulf.

The communiqué condemned all forms of terrorism, which runs counter to the teachings of Islam;  and underscored the importance of enhancing the pillars of Arab solidarity and support for the League of Arab States.  The two countries welcomed the establishment of a duty-free zone, and called on acceleration of the process for Arab economic integration to pave the way for an Arab common market.

The Joint Saudi-Egyptian Higher Commission, which will continue to work on bilateral relations between the two countries, will hold its eighth session in Riyadh in 1998.