Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud Al-Faisal, addressing a joint meeting in Bahrain today of the foreign ministers of member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and their counterparts from the European Union (EU), stressed the need to reach a just and lasting solution for the Palestinian problem. The region of the Middle East, he said, is suffering from the adverse impact of the Arab-Israeli dispute. He held Israel responsible for the failure of efforts to settle the dispute, pointing out the continuation of the Israeli policy of establishing Jewish settlements in the occupied Arab territories.
Reiterating the Kingdom’s constant support of the Palestinians, Prince Saud commented that the Arab peace initiative constitutes a comprehensive proposal for resolving the Arab-Israeli dispute and establishing a just and comprehensive peace in line with the principles of the Madrid conference and the resolutions of the United Nations. The recent Arab Summit in Algiers confirmed adherence to this initiative and the concern of the League of Arab States to revive the peace process. Prince Saud urged the EU countries to play a positive role and give an impetus to the peace process in line with the ‘roadmap’ and the concept of two independent states.