Addressing the opening session in Algiers today of the 46th meeting of the Arab Parliamentarian Union Council, Deputy Chairman of the Consultative Council (Majlis Al-Shura) Mahmoud bin Abdullah Taiba referred to Saudi Arabia as “a nation with noble principles”, and affirmed that the Kingdom has been making efforts to enhance regional stability, assure the prevalence of justice, and promote solidarity in the Arab ranks. This, he said, should be done through dialogue, understanding and mutual respect.
Commenting that terrorism does not belong to any particular country, religion, sect, ideology or philosophical thought, Mr. Taiba noted that a focus on terrorism should not distract from discussion of other serious issues, such as human rights. Denouncing the violence overwhelming Iraq, he expressed the hope that the formation of an interim government will contribute to its stability and prosperity. He then referred to Saudi Arabia’s support for the efforts being exerted by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to unify the Palestinian ranks, provide security and stability, revive the peace process, and set up an independent State of Palestine; and confirmed the Kingdom’s concern for implementation of the Arab peace initiative proposed by Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz.