Arab League Council holds 136th session

September 14, 2011

Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal led the Kingdom’s delegation to the 136th session of the Arab League Council in Cairo yesterday. He was accompanied by Deputy Foreign Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and other Saudi officials. The meeting’s deliberations focused on Arab political, security, economic and legal issues, particularly the Palestinian cause.

In a statement issued afterwards, the Council stressed the importance of maintaining good relations between the Arab world and Iran. It expressed deep concern over the ongoing, provocative remarks being made by Iranian officials and media regarding Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states. The Council called on Iran to end its threatening statements and to adhere to the principles of good-neighborliness, non-interference in the internal affairs of other states, and the peaceful settlement of disputes.

The statement also addressed the dangerous situation in Syria, calling upon the Syrian leadership to end the bloodshed immediately. The Council underscored the importance of staging a national dialogue that includes opposition forces and implementing political reform.

Separate meetings of the Arab Ministerial Committee on Somalia and the Arab Ministerial Committee on Sudan also met yesterday. Deputy Foreign Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz led the Saudi delegations to those sessions.