Saudi Ambassador to the US Prince Turki Al-Faisal commented on developments in Iraq, the Middle East peace process and the strength of Saudi-US relations in remarks at the New America Foundation in Washington last night.
On Iraq, Prince Turki reiterated Saudi Arabia’s commitment to helping the Iraqi people.
“The Kingdom stands behind a sovereign Iraqi government. And our objective is to see a stable, peaceful, united Iraq that is representative of all factions,” he remarked. “Ultimately, though, success lies in the hands of the Iraqi people.”
Prince Turki stated that the situation in Iraq has become more complex, and that the deteriorating security situation there affects regional and global stability. He noted that President Bush’s recent speech outlining the new US strategy in Iraq raised important points about dealing with the Iraqi militias and moving towards national reconciliation.
Turning to the Middle East peace process, Prince Turki encouraged Palestinians to resume a national dialogue to reduce the violence there. He welcomed Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s visit this past week to Palestine to reinvigorate the peace process.
“Saudi Arabia applauds any US involvement in this area, just as we always have. American mediation of diplomatic negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis is critical to a just and lasting peace,” he commented.
In addition, Prince Turki hailed the evolution of the Saudi-US relationship. “I am proud that the Saudi-US relationship is stronger than ever,” he remarked.Text of Prince Turki's remarks