2004 News Story

Saudi Arabia and the U.S. issue statement on Iraq

Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard, met yesterday in Riyadh with United States Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.  Following the meeting, the two parties issued a press release which included statements on the peace process and the current crisis between Iraq and the United Nations.

Concerning the peace process, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia expressed appreciation of the efforts exerted by the United States, emphasizing that the problems and obstacles obstructing this process are due to the obstinacy of the Israeli government and its failure to live up to its commitments as stipulated in the Oslo Accords, and stressed the importance of adhering to the UN resolutions including the principle of land for peace and a solution that meets the aspirations of the Palestinian people.Referring to its concern for an end to the long suffering of the Iraqi people and for the safety and regional unity of Iraq, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia expressed its concern at the extent of the danger of the current crisis initiated by the Iraqi government's hindering of the implementation of the UN security council resolutions, particularly in regard to the mission of the UN special committee for the elimination of weapons of mass destruction from Iraq.
The two parties agreed to the importance of the Iraqi government unconditionally complying with the will of the international community as represented by the UN security council resolutions, and stated that all diplomatic means should be exhausted in order to solve the current crisis, since the failure of such means would result in serious repercussions, adding that the Iraqi regime would be held responsible in the event of its insistence on not fully complying with the UN resolutions.