2006 News Story

Saudi Arabia, Oman issue statement

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz paid a three-day state visit to Oman. The visit, which ended Monday, was at the invitation of Omani Sultan Qaboos. The two leaders held talks on a variety of regional and international issues.

At the end of the King’s visit on December 25, a statement was released simultaneously in both Riyadh and Muscat. In the statement, the two leaders commended the good relations between the two countries and looked forward to further cooperation.

Saudi Arabia and Oman expressed their high concern with the deteriorating situation in Iraq. They called on all Iraqi parties to put the country’s interest above sectarian ones, and emphasized the importance of respecting Iraq’s unity, sovereignty and independence.

On Palestine, the statement said that the two leaders reviewed developments in the peace process and condemned the Israeli aggressions against the Palestinian people. They called on the international community to put an end to these aggressions and to reinvigorate the peace process in accordance with the Arab Peace Initiative, the Road Map for Peace, and international law. A comprehensive and just peace cannot be achieved without the creation of a viable Palestinian State with Al-Quds as its capital, and without Israeli withdrawal from the Syrian Golan Heights and the Shebaa Farms.

Turning to Lebanon, King Abdullah and Sultan Qaboos voiced their concerns over the conflict in Lebanon, and strongly condemned the violence and assassinations that have taken place there. They emphasized their support for the Lebanese government and Arab League efforts to reach a solution to the crisis.

On the issue of Iran’s nuclear program, the two countries reaffirmed their support for efforts to achieve a peaceful resolution to the crisis. They called on Iran to continue dialogue and cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and renewed their call for a Middle East free of all weapons of mass destruction. In addition, they endorsed the right of countries of the region to pursue nuclear energy for peaceful purposes within the framework of international agreements.

Saudi Arabia and Oman called on Somalia’s conflicting parties to resolve their issues peacefully through dialogue in order to preserve Somalia’s stability and independence and enhance the government’s ability to extend its authority throughout the country.

They also expressed regret at the ongoing human suffering in Darfur, and commended efforts by the Arab League, the African Union and the United Nations to achieve national reconciliation there. They also called on the Sudanese government to negotiate and give priority to the national interest.