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Saudi Arabia and Egypt comment on Sudan, and on Hebron

At a press conference in Riyadh yesterday, Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud Al-Faisal and his Egyptian counterpart Amr Moussa issued a joint statement confirming that Saudi Arabia and Egypt totally reject any division of the Sudan, whatever the circumstances in view of the current situation there. Prince Saudi Al-Faisal stated: "If there are internal disputes, they will be settled in a way that safeguards the interests, territorial integrity and national unity of the Sudan." Elaborating on this, Minister Moussa said that what is happening is the outcome of internal political developments, and that the Sudanese people must reach an agreement in order to save their country.

The foreign ministers then turned to the Hebron Agreement, and underscored the importance of its implementation. Prince Saud Al-Faisal stated: "There should be no delay in the implementation of the agreement and negotiation should start where other tracks left off". Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa stated that efforts are being exerted to resume negotiations on the remaining tracks, and as for the final solution, the Arab world should adopt a unified and coordinated position towards the main points of interest to all Arabs and not just to Palestinians, within the framework of the outcome of the Arab summit on adherence to the peace-for-land formula, establishment of a Palestinian state, and Israeli withdrawal from Syria, Lebanon, and the West Bank.