Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud Al-Faisal and Secretary-General of the National Security Council Prince Bandar bin Sultan met with British Prime Minister Tony Blair in London today.
In remarks to the press, Prince Saud said that he had delivered a message to Prime Minister Blair from Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz concerning crisis in Lebanon.
Prince Saud described his talks with Blair as excellent. “We have agreed that the real solution will be restoration of Lebanon to its independence and sovereignty on all of its territories,” he said.
The first step must be a cease-fire and a halt to the ongoing violence, Prince Saud said. In addition, the Lebanese government must establish its authority throughout the country.
Prince Saud also called on the United States, Britain and other concerned parties to support the Lebanese people.
Prince Saud’s visit with Blair is within the framework of the Kingdom’s contacts and consultations with international parties to defuse the Middle East crisis and to end the Israeli attacks in Lebanon and Palestine. Prince Saud and Prince Bandar delivered a similar message to President George W. Bush on Sunday.
While in London, Prince Saud received a telephone call from British Foreign Minister Margaret Beckett about the crisis in Lebanon. The two foreign ministers agreed to meet on the sidelines of the international conference on Lebanon, which is convening in Rome tomorrow.
The Saudi Foreign Minister also met with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki in London to discuss the situations in Iraq and Lebanon today.