2007 News Story

King Abdullah calls for dialogue among civilizations in Russian TV interview

In an interview with Russian Television’s Channel Two broadcast April 15, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz urged dialogue among civilizations in order to achieve unity. Cooperation and tolerance is essential in order to combat sedition and discrimination, he said.

On the Palestinian issue, King Abdullah called on the United States, Russia, China, France, Germany and the European Union to exert efforts to reach a lasting solution to the conflict.

The King reiterated Saudi Arabia’s condemnation of terrorism and stressed that the Kingdom would continue its counterterrorism efforts both domestically and in cooperation with the international community.

The King also highlighted the strength of Saudi-Russian relations and the wide-ranging cooperation between the two countries.

Commenting on Saudi Arabia’s annual Jenadriyah Heritage and Cultural Festival, King Abdullah said that the festival initially began as a way to revive Saudi folklore and traditions, but that it has become a forum for Arab unity. Today, the festival is open to all cultures of the world and they are welcome, the King said.