2001 Public Statement

Statement on visit of U.S. Secretary of State Powell
Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud Al-Faisal issued the following statement on the visit of U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell on February 26, 2001:

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia welcomes this visit by U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell as part of a long and continuous tradition of consultations between the two countries, and it comes at a critical time for the region.

With regard to Iraq, the two sides agreed broadly on the need for the international community to ensure that the events that took place on August 2, 1990 are not repeated; and agreed on the importance of implementing all UN Security Council resolutions dealing with the Iraq-Kuwait situation.
Both countries agreed that there is a need to re-examine the sanctions currently in place in order to find a way to alleviate the suffering of the Iraqi people, while at the same time ensuring compliance with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions that deal with the Iraqi-Kuwait situation.
The discussions currently being carried out at the United Nations are very important. We hope that they will result in an agreement and remove all obstacles to the implementation of the relevant UN Security Council resolutions so that sanctions can be lifted completely. We hope that these negotiations will succeed, because negotiations are the best way to deal with disputes.
With regard to the talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians, Syrians, and Lebanese, the Kingdom expressed its desire to see the negotiations continue from the point where they were halted, and expressed its hope that the talks will come to fruition with the full realization of the aspirations of the Palestinian people for a viable, independent state, with Al-Quds Al-Sharif (Jerusalem) as its capital, and with the withdrawal of Israel from the occupied Syrian Golan Heights to the line of June 4, 1967.  Resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict will contribute to security and stability in the region, as well as enhance the credibility of the United Nations.