1998 News Story

Jenadriyah hailed as an Arab, not just a Saudi festival

Prince Meteb Ibn Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz said today in the Cairo-based magazine Al-Ahram Al-Arabi, that a number of European celebrities had expressed their desire to participate in the activities of the Culture and Heritage Festival at Jenadriyah, near Riyadh.  Prince Meteb remarked that the festival is seen not as simply a Saudi event, but an Arab one, and added that Crown Prince Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard holds in high priority everything to do with the Arabs.  Prince Meteb went on to say that Crown Prince Abdullah in fact enjoys friendships and good relations with countries all over the world, and stands always for what is just, stating:  "The most important lesson I have learnt from Crown Prince Abdullah is his honesty and frankness.  Moreover, the Crown Prince desires good relations with all countries." Prince Meteb called for unity and solidarity in the Arab world, and regretted that a just and comprehensive peace in the Middle East could never be realized with the continuing stubborn stand of the present Israeli government.