2003 News Story

Second Arab Thought Conference concludes in Beirut

At a press conference in Beirut today at the conclusion of the second annual three-day conference of the Arab Thought Foundation, Governor of Asir Province Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, who heads the Foundation, noted that its meetings had discussed shortcomings as well as positive aspects of the organization, and announced that next year’s conference, the third, will be held in Morocco.

In his address to the opening session of the conference, Ambassador the United Kingdom Prince Turki Al-Faisal declared that the Arabs themselves are to blame for their current situation, and that they are the ones to correct it. He praised the fact that many young people were attending and participating in the conference, and called for greater attention to be paid to the true Islamic version of democracy. Democracy, he said, is an approach and not a goal; the goal is how to create a stable, prosperous and progressive society. Arabs, however, have failed to comprehend the significance of the Islamic principles of the ruler being held accountable for his actions through bodies either elected or appointed; the ruler holding officials under his rule accountable for their actions; and the people maintaining loyalty to their ruler.