The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has attested to the success of the global anti-racism conference currently in progress in Durban, South Africa. The conference, which began on August 31, will continue until September 7.
In his address to the gathering yesterday, Assistant Foreign Undersecretary for Political Affairs Prince Dr. Turki bin Muhammad bin Saud Al-Kabeer stated that the Saudi government combats racism in accordance with Islamic values and principles that call for protection of human rights and human dignity. He stressed the Kingdom's concern to support the efforts of the United Nations to promote international cooperation on this, and referred to the fact that Saudi Arabia has signed a number of relevant agreements. He also referred to a paper presented by a number of member countries of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), which focuses on reaching a unified stance regarding the Middle East situation.
As for Israeli occupation of Palestine, he said, the anti-racism conference cannot ignore Israel's daily racist practices against the Palestinians, pointing out that Israel is in contravention of the Fourth Geneva Convention. Prince Turki went on to express the Kingdom's concern over discrimination based on faith, and deplored the ignorance that casually links Islam with terrorism and intolerance.