Crown Prince: Arab countries can solve internal disputes

June 8, 2008

Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz has said that Arab countries are capable of solving their internal disputes peacefully if they make serious and credible moves.

The Crown Prince made the remarks in interview with Asharq Al-Awsat published today, the final day of his official visit to Spain.

In the interview, Crown Prince Sultan said that the Kingdom would continue its efforts within the framework of the Arab platform to reinforce world peace and stability.

On Lebanon, the Crown Prince expressed satisfaction with the landmark agreement reached by Lebanese groups after talks in Doha last month and welcomed the fact that the crisis in Lebanon was resolved by Arab mediation.

“We hope that the Doha agreement and election of President Michel Suleiman will mark the beginning of efforts to ensure a stable and prosperous future for fraternal Lebanon,” the Crown Prince told Asharq Al-Awsat. “Also, the Doha agreement shows that the Arabs can resolve Arab crises if they are sincere and serious and enjoy credibility.”

Turning to Iraq, Crown Prince Sultan said Saudi Arabia has always tried to restore peace and stability in its neighboring country. “The Kingdom stood by Iraq since the first day of the crisis,” he said. “God willing, the Kingdom will continue its efforts at the Arab, regional, and world levels until fraternal Iraq enjoys security, stability, and the prosperity that it deserves.”

Crown Prince Sultan has been in Spain for a four-day official visit that included talks with King Juan Carlos, Crown Prince Felipe and Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero on Middle East peace and ways of strengthening cooperation between the two countries.

Yesterday, Prince Sultan received Arab ambassadors accredited to Spain and commended their efforts in promoting Arab-Spanish relations. He said that Arabs were seeking a full-fledged sovereign Palestinian state with comprehensive systems, rights and duties and complete borders.