2006 News Story

Kingdom is “very much engaged” with the US on Lebanon, says Saudi adviser

Saudi Arabia remains “very much engaged” with the United States on the crisis in Lebanon, Saudi media adviser Jamal Khashoggi told CNN’s Hala Gorani in an interview today.

“Most of the ideas floating right now for a sustainable cease-fire, a sustainable solution for all of Lebanese problems are being floated between Riyadh, Washington and Beirut,” he said.

Khashoggi stressed that Saudi Arabia and the United States agree on many aspects of the future of Lebanon. Both countries seek an independent Lebanon with a central, empowered government, he noted. The only exception is a disagreement over whether to call for an immediate cease-fire.

“We cannot move to those points of agreements while we have this major disagreement over the issue of cease-fire. Without a cease-fire, how can we implement those points of agreement to fix Lebanon once and for all?” Khashoggi asked.

Khashoggi also noted that Saudi Arabia remains at the forefront of efforts to bring peace to Lebanon.

Transcript of interview