2005 News Story

Crown Prince receives message from French President on Hariri murder

Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz received in Riyadh today foreign minister of France Michel Barnier, who delivered to him a message from French President Jacques Chirac. The message indicated that France plans to introduce to the United Nations Security Council a statement condemning the terrorist assassination of former Prime Minister of Lebanon Rafiq Al-Hariri, who was killed in Monday’s terrorist act in Beirut.

The French minister also held talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud Al-Faisal, reviewing the current situation in the Middle East, notably in Palestine and in Iraq, as well as bilateral relations and the fight against terrorism.

At a press conference, Prince Saud expressed condolences to the Al-Hariri family and commented on the nonsensical claim of a self-styled Lebanese terrorist group that the murder was in response to elimination of militants in the Kingdom, stressing that the crime is against Lebanon and the Lebanese people and cannot be justified by false allegations. Prince Saud confirmed that Saudi Arabia will not renounce any economic commitment to Lebanon.