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Prince Saud Al-Faisal in Beirut

Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud Al-Faisal yesterday met in Beirut with his Lebanese counterpart Faris Bouez, who at a press conference afterwards welcomed the current visit to Lebanon of Crown Prince Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard, as embodying the brotherly relations that exist between the two countries, adding that the Lebanese, like the Saudis, believe peace in the Middle East has to be a just and comprehensive one based on the UN resolutions and Israeli withdrawal from all Arab territories.

For his part, Prince Saud highlighted the fraternal ties between Saudi Arabia and Lebanon, and said he had extended an invitation to Minister Bouez to visit the Kingdom, adding that he had briefed him on the outcome of meetings in Latakia, Syria, and made it clear that its participants were anxious to realize peace in the Middle East in line with the resolutions of the Cairo Conference.  Referring to the blocking of the peace process due to Israeli policy, he said that all efforts should be exerted at both Arab and international levels to restore the peace process to its normal track, and a return to the Madrid resolutions including the principle of land-for-peace and recognition of the legitimate rights of the Palestinians.
In answer to a question on Lebanon joining the countries of the Damascus Declaration, Prince Saud this issue is being addressed, but that certain procedures have to be taken prior to acceptance of a new member in the organization. As for the proposal to establish an Arab Common Market, Prince Saud said this proposal was welcomed by all member states of the Damascus Declaration, remarking that the GCC members have already made great advances in enhancing their commercial ties.
Concerning the embargo on travel to Lebanon by American citizens, Prince Saud voiced his support for repealing this decision of the US administration. Expressing happiness at the restoration of security and stability to Lebanon, Prince Saud said that those who are skeptical about this are advised to visit the country.