2006 News Story

Prince Saud meets with Russian foreign minister

Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud Al-Faisal met with his Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Riyadh today. In their meeting, they discussed bilateral relations as well as regional and international developments, in particular Iraq and Palestine.

In a joint press conference following their meeting, Prince Saud said that both countries agreed on the importance of enhancing bilateral relations, especially in the promotion of mutual investment opportunities.

Both countries agreed on the importance of promoting the Middle East peace process, Prince Saud said, and expressed his appreciation to the Quartet for its decision to resume humanitarian aid to the Palestinian people through the appropriate channels.

He congratulated the Iraqi people on their new government, and said he hopes that the new government stops acts of violence, achieves security, stability and national unity among all Iraqis.

Prince Saud commended Russia for its efforts to seek diplomatic solutions that will make the Middle East and Gulf region free of weapons of mass destruction. He emphasized the Kingdom’s support for these efforts, and stressed that any effort to disarm the region should not exclude Israel.