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Interior minister in Yemen, again speaks out on terrorism

In the city of Ta'ez today, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Salih received Minister of Interior Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz. On his arrival in Yemen yesterday for Saudi-Yemeni talks, Prince Nayef spoke out on terrorism, commenting on the Arab world's serious and positive efforts in fighting it and citing the Arab Agreement for combating terrorism that was signed in 1998. People gathering in Afghanistan from Arab countries, he said, are doing so in contravention of Islam, since Islam does not allow the killing of those who are innocent.

Expressing satisfaction at the recent statement by U.S. President George W. Bush concerning the setting up of a Palestinian State, he stressed that popular reaction against the United States and against the United Kingdom, is due to their taking sides with Israel, a State that is killing the sons of the Palestinian people and making them homeless. He called on the western world to dispel suspicions about Arab countries, and urged Arab countries to coordinate among themselves, take into consideration the latest developments, and work to eradicate terrorism.
Prince Nayef stressed the fraternal relations that exist between Saudi Arabia and Yemen, adding that the treaty has opened the door for cooperation in many spheres. The two sides, he said, are in complete agreement against terrorism and are working together to eradicate it, while differentiating between terrorism and the struggle for legitimate rights, as is the case in Palestine.