2005 News Story

Saudi Arabia and Oman stress ties in joint statement

In a joint communiqué issued at the conclusion of the two-day visit to the Kingdom by Sultan Qaboos bin Saeed, Saudi Arabia and Oman expressed satisfaction at the current level of their bilateral relations and agreed to enhance cooperation in all fields. The communiqué said that the two countries reviewed regional and international issues of common interest and the outcome of the consultative meeting of the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) held recently in Riyadh.

The two countries reiterated their support to the political process in Iraq aimed at the preservation of Iraq's unity and sovereignty and non-interference in its internal affairs; and deplored the rising violence there.

Following up events in Palestine, the two countries demanded that Israel puts an end to all acts of aggression against the Palestinians, such as expansion of settlements, the construction of the barrier wall, and the violation of all international laws and practices; and stressed that comprehensive peace in the Middle East will not be realized unless the principle of ‘land for peace’ is applied and a Palestinian state, with Al-Quds [East Jerusalem] as its capital, is established alongside the Israeli State, which must also withdraw from the Golan Heights in Syria and the Shaba'a farms in Lebanon.

On terrorism, the two countries renewed the call for international efforts to combat this phenomenon which threatens international peace and security; and reviewed the proposal of Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz for the establishment of an international center to combat terrorism.