Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud Al-Faisal held a joint press conference in Muscat, Oman yesterday with Omani Foreign Minister Yousef bin Abdullah. Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz paid three-day state visit to Oman, which ended December 25.
In remarks, Prince Saud highlighted the strong bilateral relations between Saudi Arabia and Oman. He noted that the talks between King Abdullah and Sultan Qaboos focused on critical issues in the GCC and Arab arenas, especially the situation in Iraq, the political turmoil in Lebanon and the situation in Palestine.
Asked if there was the possibility of an all-out war in the Middle East, Prince Saud said that the region has witnessed several wars in the past, and any act that destabilizes part of the region affects other countries as well.
Prince Saud commented on reports in the media that Adel Al-Jubeir, Foreign Affairs Adviser at the Royal Court, has been nominated Saudi Arabia’s next ambassador to the United States. The prince said he could not confirm or deny the reports, and that according to diplomatic protocol countries must receive approval from the host country before announcing the name of a nominee for an ambassadorship.
Turning to Lebanon, Prince Saud noted that Saudi Arabia has no aims with regard to Lebanon, and that the Kingdom believes Lebanese differences should be resolved by dialogue with in the framework of Lebanese constitution and its institutions.
Regarding Iraq, Prince Saud called for a national reconciliation among Iraqi factions as a basis for a solution to the crisis in that country. He stressed that the Kingdom supports those who seek Iraq’s unity, independence and sovereignty.
On other issues, Prince Saud reiterated Saudi Arabia’s position that the Iranian nuclear crisis should be resolved through negotiation, and again called for a Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction. He also denied that Saudi Arabia has reservations about a proposed common currency for the GCC.