2006 News Story

King Abdullah discusses regional issues with UN secretary-general

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz met with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah today.

Annan, who is currently on a tour of the Middle East, briefed King Abdullah on his talks with a number of leaders in the region. Then the two discussed regional developments, in particular the situation in Lebanon and the UN’s role in implementing Security Council Resolution 1701 and achieving unity in Lebanon.

Talks also addressed the Middle East peace process and the situation in the Palestinian territories. King Abdullah told Annan that the Palestinian issue is at the root of the conflicts in the region, and its resolution would have a positive impact on Lebanon and Iraq. 

On Iraq, King Abdullah and Annan discussed current developments and the importance of building unity and security in the country.

King Abdullah told Annan that the enforcement of international law and non-interference in the internal affairs of other nations are among the principles of global peace and security.

Also present at the meeting were Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud Al-Faisal and Foreign Affairs Adviser Adel Al-Jubeir.

In a joint press conference with Annan after the meeting, Prince Saud criticized the Israeli blockade of Lebanon, saying that it obstructs international efforts to provide aid and help rebuild Lebanon.

Prince Saud praised the strong international will to help Lebanon overcome its difficulties.  He welcomed the outcome of the recent donors conference in Stockholm, and said that such international support would help Lebanese authorities begin reconstruction immediately.

What is needed now is unity in Lebanon and a collective international effort to support the Lebanese government in its efforts to extend its authority throughout the country and assure stability, Prince Saud said.