Prince Saud Al-Faisal condemns new Israeli government’s stances

April 8, 2009

Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal warned during a joint press conference with British Foreign Secretary David Miliband in Riyadh today that recent negative remarks made by the new Israeli leadership do not bode well for the Mideast peace process.

"The Israeli government’s ignorance of the principle of [achieving an] international solution based on the establishment of two independent states, as well as its ignorance of the Road Map, the Annapolis understandings and other internationally legitimate resolutions will return the peace process to square one," he declared. "Hence, we believe in the importance of exerting efforts by the international community, especially the United States, to force Israel to adhere to the resolutions."

Prince Saud called on the Israeli government to put an immediate end to both settlement-building on Palestinian lands and the blockade of Gaza. He also called for a nuclear weapons-free zone in the Middle East.

Asked how long the Arab Peace Initiative will remain on the table, Prince Saud said that the proposal will remain on the table as long as there is a sincere desire for peace in the Middle East. However, he added, if Israel continues to disregard the offer, it could be easily withdrawn.