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Prince Saud gives lecture in U.K. on Muslim-West relations

Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud Al-Faisal gave a lecture in London, England yesterday to the University of Oxford's Center for Islamic Studies in which he called for rectifying wrong concepts and impressions and clearing the air between Muslim and western countries. In the lecture, on the theme ‘Current Suspension in the Political Philosophy between the West and the Arab and Islamic Worlds’, he commented that both Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom share a unique characteristic, which is the cultural influence they exert beyond their borders.

On human rights, Prince Saud pointed out that Islam preceded by 600 years the renowned British charter calling for respect of human rights. Saudi Arabia, he said, is a founding member of Cairo Declaration for Human Rights. He called on all cultures to come to agreement on their varying sensitive philosophical terminologies, in order to approach practical implementation of human rights.

During his lecture, Prince Saud announced that his ministry is planning to recruit women. He also said that, although Saudi women were not given the chance to participate in the ongoing municipal elections, he did not rule out their participation in the future.