RIYADH – Only a free Iraq can achieve stability, unity and independence, according to Prince Saud Al-Faisal, the Kingdom’s Foreign Minister.
He also called for the formation of an Iraqi government that will represent all the country’s citizens.
Prince Saud made the comments in a statement after his meeting Saturday in Riyadh with the Kingdom’s ambassadors and heads of Saudi missions abroad.
He made it clear that the Kingdom would never interfere in Iraq’s domestic affairs. He said the Kingdom has equal regard for all the country’s political groupings.
He described the recent meeting with the Sadri faction as “fruitful” and indicated that more meetings are expected to take place with other Iraqi parties.
He stressed the importance of the formation of a government that will ensure an honorable life for Iraqis. He said that every individual, regardless of religion and identity, should be equal before the law.
Meanwhile, he called on all the Kingdom’s representatives to work toward achieving the aims contained in the country’s new strategic plans.
He stressed the importance of team work, diligence and transparency to help achieve the country’s objectives. These objectives were contained in the comprehensive strategic plan entitled: “The Five Year Strategic Plan for Saudi Diplomatic Work” which forms part of the country’s Ninth Five-Year Development Plan. The plan aims to develop the Kingdom in line with Islamic values and its identity as an Arab nation. It also focuses on preserving the country’s security, he said.
“It is high time for all of us to remove the dust from our old tools and traditional methods to confidently move towards new [methods], and to take from it what matches our principles and requirements.”
Dr. Abdul Wahab Attar, the Kingdom’s Permanent Envoy to the United Nations in Geneva, addressed the meeting on behalf the Kingdom’s ambassadors and heads of the diplomatic missions abroad.
He said the meeting was important in helping to upgrade the standard of diplomatic work in line with the Kingdom’s global status. – Okaz/SG