2006 News Story

King Abdullah meets with Syrian president in Jeddah

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz met with Syrian President Bashar Assad, who arrived in Jeddah today for a state visit to the Kingdom. King Abdullah also hosted a luncheon in honor of President Assad.

After the meeting, a press release was issued calling on Israel to withdraw from all occupied Arab territories, including the Syrian Golan and Lebanon’s Shebaa Farms, in accordance with the Arab peace initiative that was approved by the Arab summit in Beirut in 2002.

The two leaders also stressed the importance of Iraq’s integrity, as well as restoring security and stability to that country. They welcomed the final communiqué issued by the Iraqi National Reconciliation Conference in Cairo in November 2005.

In the press release, King Abdullah also underscored the importance of close Syrian-Lebanese relations in all areas for the mutual benefit of both countries as well as regional security.

The two leaders also agreed to convene a session of the Saudi-Syrian Joint Committee and enhance cooperation between the two countries in order to serve Arab and Islamic issues.

Finally, President Assad invited King Abdullah to visit Syria, and the King accepted.

Earlier today, Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud Al-Faisal met with President Assad in Damascus before his departure for Saudi Arabia. Prince Saud also met with his Syrian counterpart, Farouk Al-Sharaa, to discuss the latest regional and international developments.