Foreign Minister addresses meeting of Iraq’s neighboring countries

April 22, 2008

The foreign ministers of Iraq’s neighboring countries held their third multilateral meeting in Kuwait today. The Saudi delegation to the meeting was led by Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud Al-Faisal.

In remarks at the closed-door meeting, Prince Saud welcomed the positive security developments in Iraq and the relative improvement in the security situation there. These developments should be reinforced by completing the political process, which remains the main pillar for achieving security and stability, he said.

He also praised the Iraqi government’s efforts to confront armed militias and combat terrorism.

The prince denounced the ongoing foreign interference in Iraq’s internal affairs as unacceptable, in particular the financial and military assistance being provided to some Iraqi militias and parties in violation of Iraq’s sovereignty.

Expressing concern over the armed confrontations in Basra, Prince Saud called for a comprehensive policy towards all armed militias, without bias, that encourages militia leaders to participate in the political process.

The Saudi foreign minister also reiterated the Kingdom’s strong condemnation of any attempt to partition or divide Iraq.