Foreign Minister praises reconciliation summit

March 15, 2009

Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal expressed the Kingdom’s pleasure over the outcome of last week’s Arab reconciliation summit during a press briefing in Riyadh today. The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz hosted a meeting on March 11 that included Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Sabah.

 

Prince Faisal characterized the summit as an icebreaker aimed at clearing the way for Arab reconciliation. He said that the talks reinforced the determination of the leaders to renounce causes of division and engage in joint Arab endeavors. He added that the circle of dialogue will soon be expanded to include more countries.

Turning to other issues, Prince Faisal reaffirmed the Kingdom’s support for the national reconciliation efforts in Lebanon and Palestine. He denounced the arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court for Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir, claiming that the move was "politically motivated." Asked about Iran, Prince Saud noted that earlier in the day he had met with visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki and engaged in a frank and open discussion.