Prince Saud calls for Arab action to end Palestinian infighting

September 9, 2008

Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud Al-Faisal has called for Arab action to end the infighting among Palestinians and warned that the current situation threatens the Palestinian cause.

Prince Saud made the remarks in a keynote address at the 130th meeting of Arab foreign ministers in Cairo yesterday.

The Saudi foreign minister called for a unified, decisive Arab stance against those who “shed Palestinian blood and deepen the Palestinian division,” adding that this requires a single Palestinian authority and government that controls the military and security forces.

Prince Saud remarked that previous efforts to resolve the Palestinian rift have failed because individual interests and international intervention that encourages division have taken precedence over Palestinian unity.

On other regional issues, Prince Saud said that Arab countries have nothing but good intentions and a desire for cooperation with Iran. He reiterated the Kingdom’s support for a Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction as well as the right of nations to pursue nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

He also welcomed positive security developments in Iraq and the formation of a national unity government in Lebanon.