Crown Prince Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National
Guard, today received at his residence in Tashreen Palace in Damascus Syrian President Hafez
Al-Assad, and held a closed-door meeting with him to discuss bilateral matters, and pursue the
topics taken up in the two previous meetings held yesterday. Crown Prince Abdullah and his
accompanying delegation, including Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Advisor at the
Crown Prince's Court Prince Abdulaziz Ibn Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz, and Minister of State and
Cabinet Member Prince Abdulaziz Ibn Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz, arrived in Syria early yesterday for
official talks which, in addition to bilateral relations, covered Arab, Islamic and international
issues, notably the Middle East peace process.
On arrival at the airport in Damascus, where he was welcomed by President Al-Assad himself,
and a great number of senior Syrian officials, Crown Prince Abdullah made reference to the
peace process, stating: "We are against any kind of solution that neglects the complete and
legitimate rights of the Palestinian people even if accepted by most of the countries of the
world." He warned Israel about its "over-confidence" which might "throw it into the arms of
extravagance", calling on moderates in the Jewish state to "take lessons from history". Paying
tribute to the leaderships of the Arab Republic of Syria and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan,
Crown Prince Abdullah gave hints that the core of his two-state tour would be the regional
situation in the aftermath of the derailed Middle East peace process.
Meanwhile, Secretary-General of the Cairo-based League of Arab States Dr. Ismat Abdulmeguid
yesterday expressed confidence that the talks to be held by Crown Prince Abdullah in Syria and
Jordan would be for the benefit of the Arab world, and praised the key role being played by the
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its sincere efforts to strengthen the Arab position.