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Prince Saud’s briefing covers Iraq, Saudi-U.S. relations, Palestine, and Darfur

Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud Al-Faisal held a press briefing in Jeddah today, and addressed the Saudi proposal for Muslim peace-keeping troops in Iraq and the strength of Saudi-U.S. relations as well as the situation in the Middle East and the crisis in the Sudan.

On Iraq, Prince Saud said Saudi Arabia envisions four conditions that must be met before Muslim countries, Iraq’s neighboring countries excluded, can consider sending troops to Iraq:

Prince Saud denied accusations of conspiracy with the United States, reaffirming that the aim of the Saudi plan is the withdrawal of coalition forces from Iraq. Relations between the Kingdom and the United States, he said, are not confined to the energy field but cover all aspects, humanitarian, cultural, social and scientific.
On the Palestinian situation, Prince Saud said the Kingdom again calls on the international community to immediately interfere to stop Israel’s aggressive policies against the Palestinians.

As for Sudan, Prince Saud declared that efforts must be made to end the humanitarian crisis in Darfur, and urged avoidance of threats that only complicate the situation.