2006 News Story

Saudi Arabia offers to host an Arab summit on Lebanon

  Prince Saud Al-Faisal

Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud Al-Faisal addressed the extraordinary meeting of Arab foreign ministers in Beirut today.

In his remarks, Prince Saud denounced reports that the Kingdom opposes holding an emergency Arab summit to deal with the situation in Lebanon. He announced that Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has offered to personally host such a summit in Makkah.

Saudi Arabia is not setting preconditions for the summit, but requests that it take place after thorough preparation and amid a clear Arab strategy that will bring about concrete results, Prince Saud said.

Prince Saud called on Arab countries to stand by Lebanon and decisively support the Lebanese government’s seven-point plan to end the crisis.  This plan should be the basis of a UN resolution on the matter, he said.