2006 Public Statement

Royal Court issues statement on Lebanon

The Royal Court issued the following statement today in Jeddah:

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has undertaken the role required of it by its religious and national duty with regard to the situation in the region and repercussions of events in Lebanon and the occupied Palestinian territories. In this regard, it has cautioned, warned and extended advice. Furthermore, it has striven from the first moment to stop the aggression, moving on more than one front and by more than one means, to persuade the international community to compel Israel to commit to a ceasefire.

Meanwhile, the Kingdom has dispatched HRH the Foreign Minister and HRH the Secretary-General of the National Security Council to meet the President of the United States in Washington and inform him of its views on the grave and unpredictable consequences of the unremitting Israeli aggression if matters went beyond control. The Kingdom has also asked the two personal envoys to visit the capitals of the Security Council’s permanent member states to convey the same message.

The Arabs have proclaimed peace as a strategic option for the Arab nation. They presented a just and distinct plan for regaining the occupied Arab territories in exchange for peace. They refused to respond to provocations and ignored anti-peace extremist calls. It should be stated that patience could not last forever. If the Israeli military brutality persisted with killings and destruction no one could predict the consequences and then regrets will be in vain.

Therefore, the Kingdom addresses an appeal and a warning to the international community in its entirety, as represented by the UN and in particular the US.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia calls on all to act in accordance with honest, conscious and international moral and humanitarian laws. It also warns all that if the peace option fails due to the Israeli arrogance then only the war option remains and no one knows the repercussions befalling the region, including wars and conflict that will spare no one, including those whose military power is now tempting them to play with fire.

In tandem with its political moves, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is conscious that the humanitarian catastrophe in Lebanon and Palestine requires generous support from all Arabs, Muslims and honorable people.

To that end, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques has called for a popular fundraising campaign starting tomorrow urging all Saudi citizens to show the usual generosity and commitment towards the Arab and Muslim nation.

With regard to the reconstruction of Lebanon and Palestine in the wake of the huge destruction caused by the Israeli aggression, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is pleased to be the first to contribute towards these efforts.

Within this context, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques has issued his directives to earmark a $500 million grant for the Lebanese people to form the nucleus of an Arab and international fund for the reconstruction of Lebanon. He has also directed that an amount of $1 billion to be deposited with the Lebanese central bank in support of the Lebanese economy. Moreover, the King ordered the allocation of a $250 million grant for the Palestinian people, as a nucleus for an Arab and international fund for the reconstruction of Palestine.

The government and people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia urge all Arabs and Islamic nations as well as world countries to live up to their role and responsibilities towards current events with a view to enabling the international community to extend effective and tangible assistance to Lebanon and Palestine rather than statements of condemnation and denunciation.

May Allah help us to hold fast our fair stances and grant us patience at times of hardship.