Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz returned to Geneva today after a brief visit to France to attend the opening session in Evian of the Summit of the Group of Eight (G8). During his visit, he met with President of France Jacques Chirac, and discussed the Middle East peace process and the reconstruction of Iraq, both sides agreeing on the need to work together to implement the 'roadmap' and set up the State of Palestine by the year 2005, and noting that the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1483 opens the way for the reconstruction of Iraq within an internationally recognized framework.
Crown Prince Abdullah held similar talks at Evian with U.S. President George W. Bush and U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair. He also met with President of Senegal Abdullah Wad, President of Algeria Abdulaziz Bouteflika, and Prime Minister of Malaysia Mahathir Muhammad. Before leaving for Evian, Crown Prince Abdullah attended a reception in Lausanne, Switzerland yesterday given by President Pascal Couchepin of the Swiss Federation, and also met with President of Brazil Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva; and with President of Algeria Abdulaziz Bouteflika.