1999 News Story

Prince Sultan in media interview

Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz, Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and

Aviation and Inspector-General, was interviewed for today's issue of Al-Bayraq newspaper.

He gave assurances that Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz is in

good health and would return to the Kingdom after his vacation.

Asked about Al-Quds [Jerusalem], Prince Sultan declared that according to the logic of

history and religion, it is inevitable that the city be returned to its owners, saying one

day it will be the capital of Palestine. He added that efforts for peace in the Middle East

need to be supported by positive action.
Prince Sultan, who recently concluded a tour of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and other

Arab countries, said he felt a sincere desire among the Arabs to heal differences and unify

ranks. He reiterated GCC support for the United Arab Emirates in its dispute with Iran over

the three islands of Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Moussa.
Asked about the recent elections in Kuwait, and in particular the issue of the right of

women to vote and to run for office, Prince Sultan said that this is an internal Kuwaiti

matter, adding that the guideline for Muslims in all cases is Shari'ah.
Concerning the prospect of an Arab Summit, Prince Sultan said this is being considered by

the League of Arab States. He went on to express support for any meeting of Arab defense

ministers, and hoped that border disputes can be resolved amicably.
Prince Sultan also expressed the Kingdom's ongoing support for Lebanon at all levels. He

called for elimination of Israel's nuclear capabilities and for the region to be one free

of weapons of mass destruction. He urged India and Pakistan to resort to reason and

self-control to reach a peaceful solution to their differences on Kashmir, while preserving

the rights of Kashmiri Muslims to live in peace in their territory. He reiterated the

Kingdom's support to all efforts against terrorism and against drugs. For the Kosovars, he

declared happiness that they have the chance to live once more peacefully in their country.