2006 News Story

More details released about Saudi-Egyptian talks

Yesterday’s talks between Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak were part of an ongoing effort to jump start the peace process, Egyptian spokesman Ambassador Suleiman Awad said today.

Saudi Arabia and Egypt both called on the international community to respect the Palestinians’ democratic choices and to avoid punishing them for those choices.

Turning to Iraq, Awad said that King Abdullah and President Mubarak are eager for the political process in Iraq to succeed, and that they both encourage national reconciliation among the various Iraqi factions.

On the Iranian nuclear crisis, both leaders believe that the region does not need any new tension zones and called for a Middle East free of nuclear weapons. “The views of the two leaders were identical as regards the settlement of the dispute through dialogue and diplomatic channels without resorting to force which escalates tension in the region,” Awad said.

Regarding Syria and Lebanon, King Abdullah and President Mubarak are determined to continue efforts to normalize Syrian-Lebanese relations, and expressed their hope that the Lebanese dialogue would resume on June 8.