Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz discussed a number of issues, including terrorism, Iraq, oil prices and women’s rights in a lengthy interview with ABC’s Barbara Walters that aired on “20/20” and “Nightline” today.
On terrorism, King Abdullah stressed his commitment to fight terrorism until it is eliminated. He acknowledged that extremism exists in Saudi Arabia and in almost every country in the world, including the United States, and that the Kingdom has taken steps to counter the causes of extremism, including changes in the textbooks found to be extremist.
Commenting on the situation in Iraq, King Abdullah stressed that Saudi Arabia has not interfered in Iraq’s affairs and that the Kingdom asks for justice and equity to prevail among Iraq’s various ethnic groups.
On rising oil prices, King Abdullah said that Saudi Arabia is concerned about the rising price of oil, because while the Kingdom has benefited financially, the damage to other countries is tremendous. The King also stated that according to scientists, Saudi Arabia has oil reserves for 60 or 70 years.
Turning to women’s rights, King Abdullah said that he believes strongly in the rights of women and that restrictions on women will gradually be lifted. The day will come when women in the Kingdom can drive and vote, the King said, but it will take some patience.
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