Arab foreign ministers meet

March 3, 2009

Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal led the Kingdom’s delegation to the 131st meeting of Arab League Foreign Ministers in Cairo today.


Addressing the gathering, Prince Saud noted that the Arab Peace Initiative and other efforts to reach a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace face many obstacles, due primarily to Israeli intransigence and the resulting pessimistic atmosphere. However, he warned, abandoning the Initiative altogether would only aggravate the situation further.

Prince Saud urged Palestinians to form a national unity government and praised Egyptian efforts to promote reconciliation.

He called for called for the Arab world to present a united stand to the new U.S. administration on the issue of Palestine and to take advantage of the willingness expressed by President Barack Obama to address the issue early on.

Prince Saud stressed the fact that Arab unity will not only bolster the Palestinian-Israeli peace process, but will help the Arab world face a number of critical issues, such as Iran’s nuclear program, Arab Gulf security and foreign intervention in Iraq, Palestine and Lebanon.

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