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Prince Saud’s briefing touches on terrorism, Gaza, and Iraq

Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud Al-Faisal held a press conference today. He discussed terrorism, and reiterated the need to fight it internationally.

Prince Saud said he hopes Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza will be followed by withdrawal from occupied Palestinian and Arab lands. He also denounced acts by Israeli settlers against the Palestinians, and commended statements by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas calling for an end to the violence. In addition, he reaffirmed the Saudi initiative for peace in the Middle East is still on the table and said that it complements the US-sponsored road map for peace.

On Iraq, Prince Saud expressed concern over sectarian calls in the country and called on Iraqis to give priority to the national interest. He noted that Saudi Arabia would open an embassy in Iraq as soon as security is established there. He also remarked that there are some Saudi prisoners in Iraq, and said that the Kingdom does not want Saudis to go there because what they are doing is not a jihad.

Prince Saud also said that the cause of high oil prices is the lack of refineries in consumer countries.