Crown Prince Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard, was received today in Cairo by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, with whom he discussed bilateral concerns as well as the latest developments in the Gulf, Arab and international arenas.
On his arrival in Cairo, Crown Prince Abdullah said: "While I am glad on this occasion to meet with my brother President Mubarak, at the same time the meeting is an indication of the heavy duties imposed upon our two countries by the on-going events in the region in which the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Egypt have without cease been playing a prominent role." He went on to say that one concern is "to find the best Arab, Islamic and international way to lessen the sufferings of the brotherly Iraqi people who have already suffered, and are still suffering, and might suffer more, if wise thinking does not prevail."
Crown Prince Abdullah continued his statement by saying: "I would like to convey the profound affection and concern for the Iraqi people held by my brother the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz and by the people of Saudi Arabia; and I call upon the Iraqi leadership and President Saddam Hussein to evaluate the circumstances, listen to the call of reason and wisdom, and demonstrate political awareness by implementing the resolutions of the UN security council in response to his Arab brothers' appeals, in order to keep the Iraqi people from impending danger and complications "whose outcome and dimensions are known only to God Almighty".
Following the meeting, Egyptian Information Minister Safwat Al-Sharif reported that Crown Prince Abdullah's visit to Egypt came within the framework of existing cooperation between the two friendly countries, and affirmed that there had been complete agreement on support of international and Arab efforts that seek a peaceful solution and implementation by Iraq of all security council resolutions, in order to avoid the use of force.