2005 News Story

Prince Saud’s briefing confirms adherence to nuclear ban

Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud Al-Faisal, at a press briefing today, categorically denied that Saudi Arabia possesses or has ever possessed any nuclear reactors, or any fissionable materials, that are proscribed in the guarantees agreement. He re-affirmed the Kingdom's desire to continue its cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and reiterated commitment to the relevant international treaties, in particular the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and its appendices. He pointed out that the IAEA itself has no problem with this. He also urged that the Middle East region be made free of all atomic weapons.

[See also Foreign Ministry  statement, June 12, 2005]

Turning to Iraq, Prince Saud confirmed that Saudi Arabia will participate in the international conference scheduled for June 22 in Brussels, and expressed the hope that this conference will contribute to Iraq's stability, independence, territorial integrity and reconstruction. He also expressed the hope that Saudi detainees in Iraq and Syria as well as in Guantanamo would be extradited to the Kingdom. Saying the number of Saudis in Iraq is not known, he gave assurances that all efforts are being exerted to prevent any Saudi from crossing the border. He commented that it is not right for any nationality to interfere in Iraq's internal affairs.

The health of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz, said Prince Saud, is satisfactory, and it is expected that he will soon be discharged from hospital.

Prince Saud said he was optimistic about the Kingdom's accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO). He declared that the Kingdom recognizes the need for reform, but that this must come from within, and not be imposed from outside.