2007 News Story

Foreign Minister expresses concern with the deteriorating situation in Iraq

In remarks at the international conference on Iraq in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt today, Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud Al-Faisal expressed concern at the deteriorating situation in Iraq. Bringing stability and security to Iraq requires eliminating violence and terrorism and reviving the institutions of the state, he said.

Prince Saud affirmed Saudi Arabia’s commitment to provide $1 billion for reconstruction in Iraq, and said that the Saudi Development Fund has been in contact with Iraqi officials on the matter. He also reiterated that Saudi Arabia is considering forgiving Iraq’s debt. On a humanitarian level, the Kingdom will continue extending aid to Iraq, he said.

The minister underscored the importance of extricating Iraq from its current situation in a way that allows it to preserve its unity, sovereignty and independence. Moreover, Saudi Arabia views all Iraqis equally, regardless of religion or ethnicity, and continues to advocate a policy of nonintervention in Iraqi internal affairs.