Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz delivered his annual policy address to the Shura (Consultative) Council today.
In his remarks, King Abdullah noted that the region is at a critical stage with various crises. This situation requires “doubled efforts of Saudi diplomacy at the regional and international level,” he noted. The King stressed that the cornerstone of Saudi foreign policy is advocating dialogue and consultation to resolve problems peacefully.
The Palestinian situation remains the primary crisis in the Arab world, King Abdullah said. He also expressed concern over Lebanon’s internal strife and the ongoing bloodshed in Iraq. In addition, the King expressed the hope that Somalia’s warring factions would meet in an effort to resolve their differences, and said that they were welcome to meet in Saudi Arabia if they wished.
The crisis over Iran’s nuclear program has been added to that list of crises, the King said. He expressed the hope that the crisis would be resolved peacefully and reiterated the Kingdom’s position advocating a Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction.
On oil issues, King Abdullah said that Saudi Arabia seeks fair oil prices that take into consideration the interests of consumers and producers, and highlighted the Kingdom’s intent to expand its production capacity to meet global demand.
Turning to domestic issues, King Abdullah highlighted Saudi Arabia’s efforts to promote development and highlighted a number of projects related education, developing the judiciary, and combating unemployment, among others. The King said that the Saudi government continues to support the role of the private sector in economic development as well as removing obstacles to Saudi and foreign investors.
King Abdullah also expressed Saudi Arabia’s determination to fight terrorism in all its forms “until this deviant group comes to its senses or is uprooted from Saudi society.”
Transcript of King Abdullah’s remarks