2001 Public Statement

Saudi-Iranian communiqué on Prince Nayef's visit to Tehran

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Islamic Republic of Iran today issued a joint communiqué following the official visit to Tehran of Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz.

The communiqué expressed support for the Palestinian people in regaining their usurped rights, condemned the repressive Zionist policy against them, and stressed the need for the return of exiled Palestinians to the country of their fathers and grandfathers. The two sides also expressed support for Lebanon, and solidarity with Syria. They strongly condemned the recent Zionist attacks in the Baka'a area of southern Lebanon, stressing the right of the Lebanese to resist occupation, and voiced full support of Syria in its right for the return of its occupied lands.The two sides also expressed sympathy with the Iraqi people, declaring that the current situation in Iraq is unacceptable, and needs to be addressed at the level of the United Nations. The sanctions against Iraq, they said, should be reviewed, in order to relieve the sufferings of the Iraqi people. They stressed the need, however, to observe the integrity of Iraq's territory and non-interference in its internal affairs.
The communiqué stated that Prince Nayef's talks with senior Iranian officials were held in a cordial atmosphere and to the full satisfaction of both sides. It said that the Security Agreement that was signed is based on the need to promote bilateral security cooperation, and reflects the mutual respect of the two countries, non-interference in each other's internal affairs, observance of national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and adherence to all international laws. The two sides stressed their earnest intent to implement the articles of the security agreement, which cover areas such as the fight against drug smuggling, and issues related to the movement of Saudi and Iranian nationals into each other's country. They also stressed the need for cooperation between them in regard to peace and stability in the region, considering themselves the leaders in their concern for vital regional issues that are, they said, a joint responsibility to be shared by all the Gulf countries.