2006 News Story

Foreign Minister stresses support for Lebanon, calls for Arab unity

Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud Al-Faisal held a regular press briefing at the Foreign Ministry yesterday.

In a statement, Prince Saud said that there are intensive political efforts in the region to implement UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which calls for a cease-fire in Lebanon and an increase in international troops in the southern part of the country.

The foreign minister reiterated the need to revamp the Arab League and make it a more effective body so that it can accomplish its objectives.

He noted that a recent extraordinary meeting of Arab League foreign ministers stressed Arab solidarity with Lebanon as well as political and economic support for the country and its reconstruction.

Prince Saud also urged the UN Security Council to consider the root cause of the Arab-Israeli conflict in light of its extreme danger to regional and international security.

Saudi Arabia does not oppose convening an extraordinary Arab summit, provided that adequate preparations are made so that concrete decisions can be taken, Prince Saud said.

He warned against Arab countries building relations with other parties at the expense of Arab states, and noted that Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has called for a study to change the situation. The study will be presented to Arab leaders for consideration once it is complete, he said.

The current situation requires that Arab countries undertake serious efforts to restore the confidence of their people and the respect of the international community, Prince Saud remarked.

In the briefing, Prince Saud also touched on the Kingdom’s relations with Iran, Saudi aid to Lebanon, the situation in Iraq and the question of deploying international troops to Sudan.