Makkah Governor convenes International Understanding conference
May 11, 2009
Makkah Governor Prince Khalid Al-Faisal opened the 27th session of the Council for International Understanding at the King Abdullah Economic City in Rabigh today. More than 200 international figures, including 28 former heads of state and premiers, are participating in the session, which will focus on the most vital global issues.
Addressing the delegates, former Swedish Prime Minsiter Ingvar Carlsson, who serves as the Council’s Assistant President, praised the Custodian of the Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz for hosting the meeting.
Former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, the Honorary President of the Council, described Saudi Arabia as an important country and one of the few moderate states in its region. He insisted that the Kingdom should be invited to all major economic summits, praising Saudi participation in recent summits in Washington and London.
Former Canadian Premier and Council Associate President Jean Cretin expressed hope that the meeting would yield substantive results that contribute to peace and stability in the world.
For his part, Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) Governor Amr Al-Dabbagh stressed that the Kingdom has always promoted peace, security and stability in the world, noting that long-term Saudi oil policies have ensured the growth the of the global economy.