2003 Press Release

Saudi King and Crown Prince address Muslims
Statements Contain Messages of Peace, and Stance on Iraq

MINA, Saudi Arabia -- The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Fahd bin Abdulaziz, and Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown, issued a statement from the Holy Site of Mina on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha 2003, addressing the two million pilgrims gathered for Hajj and all Muslims everywhere. [full text of address]

The following are excerpts from the statement.

" ...  Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance, ease in the implementation of religious teachings duties and rites; and tolerance in day-to-day dealings with people ... "

" ... The government of Saudi Arabia has condemned terror in all its forms.  It took a leading role in urging the international community to challenge this sinister world phenomenon ... "

" ... In this world, the Muslim has a constructive role to play, and he should strive to prove that he is equal to the task.  He should endeavor to promote the welfare of mankind and preserve the five necessities as is required by religion, namely: 
religion, mind, honor, self and property ...  "

" ... The [Kingdom] set into motion the call to Islamic solidarity ... to bring Muslims together, overcome dissensions and eliminate their causes, promote all that may lead to harmony and eliminate all that may lead to misunderstanding ... "

" ... Towards this end the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia submitted a peace initiative to the 14th Arab Summit held in Beirut [in March 2002].  The Saudi initiative was adopted by the Summit and became an Arab peace plan with international support."

"Our attitude towards the Iraq situation and towards complete disarmament in the area of weapons of mass destruction is within the aforementioned principles.  In fact it is an endeavor to put these principles into practice.  We are doing all we can to spare Iraq and its people as well the entire region, the dangers and woes of war and its ramifications.  We hope that the efforts being made to solve the crisis by peaceful means will be successful.  Likewise we hope that reason will prevail and that constructive dialogue be given a chance to find a peaceful resolution."

"With regard to weapons of mass destruction, whether in this region or in any other part of the world, the Kingdom lends its full support to international efforts to eliminate such weapons irrespective of whether they are nuclear, chemical, or biological.  The Kingdom calls on the international community to do all that is necessary to support all efforts required to eliminate weapons of mass destruction ... "