Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Iraqi Vice President discuss recent developments

Crown Prince Sultan receives Saudi ambassadors abroad

Saudi Arabia hopes nuclear security summit eventually leads to securing perilous nuclear material

Saudi speech before Washington’s nuke security summit as read out by Prince Muqrin

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud received at his ranch at Janadriyah Iraq's Vice President Tariq Al-Hashimi and the accompanying delegation.

The meeting was attended by Prince Fahad bin Mohammed bin Abdulaziz; Prince Badr bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Commander of the National Guard; Prince Abdul-Ilah bin Abdulaziz, Advisor to the King; and a number of princes and officials.

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud held a dinner party in honor of the Iraqi Vice President and the accompanying delegation.

At the outset of the meeting, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud welcomed Iraq's Vice President's visit to the Kingdom.

For his part, Al-Hashimi expressed pleasure to visit the Kingdom and meet with the monarch.

Then aspects of cooperation between the two friendly countries in addition to a number of issues of mutual concern were discussed.

The meeting was attended by Prince Abdul-Ilah bin Abdulaziz, Advisor to the King; Prince Faisal bin Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Saud, Minister of Education; Prince Mit'eb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Commander of the National Guard for Executive Affairs; Prince Abdulaziz bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Chief of General Intelligence for Intelligence Affairs.

On the Iraqi side, the meeting was attended by Al-Hashimi's official delegation including the Iraqi ambassador to the Kingdom Dr. Ghanem Alwan Al-Jameeli.

Meanwhile, Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Premier, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General, received at his palace in Riyadh this evening Prince Saud Al-Faisal, the Foreign Minister, Saudi ambassadors abroad and the Ministry's top officials to mark the ambassador's second meeting.

At the outset of the meeting, Prince Saud Al-Faisal introduced the 111 ambassadors to Crown Prince Sultan, informing him that they are in Riyadh to forge the Ministry's strategic five-year plan. He also introduced Dr. Nizar bin Obaid Madani, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, as the plan's supervisor who will cast light on it before the Crown Prince.

Taking the podium, Dr. Madani recalled that three years ago the ambassadors had the honor of meeting with the Crown Prince to mark their first meeting of its kind in the Kingdom.

The ambassadors still remember the prudent advice and instructions given by the Crown Prince at that meeting, Madani said, adding that 'today, they avail themselves of this opportunity to express their happiness of the safe return of Your Royal Highness to the country', wishing him every health.

Madani said the first meeting has laid the foundation stone for a new phase of planning for Saudi diplomacy and improving of its performance. Over the last three years, the Saudi diplomacy has made great strides, thanks to the green light given for the Ministry's new approach by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Sultan, Madani added.

The fruitful results of the first meeting have encouraged the Ministry's leadership to proceed with the second meeting which was designed to discuss the Ministry's strategic five-year plan, he said, adding that a new approach has been introduced as a mechanism for the second meeting; mainly to consult with the Ministry's local partners, e.g. governmental bodies related to international and diplomatic activity and the private sector.

This led to the success of planning and preparation for the second meeting and reaching a draft objective and ambitious plan, he said.

Madani told the Crown prince that the ambassadors are here to listen to his instructions and view points on the Saudi diplomacy and diplomatic performance.

For his part, the Crown Prince lauded the great efforts being exerted by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the heads of Saudi diplomatic missions abroad to further strengthen relations between the Kingdom and the world.

He renewed his confidence in them, wishing them success.

He urged them to double the effort to provide the best services for the Saudi dependants abroad and to non-Saudis who approach the Saudi embassies.

Then the attendees had dinner with the Crown Prince.

On the other hand, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has expressed the hope that the important Nuclear Security Summit currently in progress in Washington will lead to the success of efforts being exerted to secure dangerous nuclear materials in preparation for eliminating them completely and lead to taking constructive and productive steps for ensuring peace and stability desperately needed by the international community.

In a speech delivered by Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, President of General Intelligence Presidency (GIP) and Head of the Kingdom's Delegation to the Summit on Tuesday, he conveyed the greetings of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz to U.S. President Barack Obama and the leaders and heads of delegations participating in the Summit and his best wishes for the success of the summit and expressed his appreciation for the good offices played by the United States of America in preparation for the Summit, which will contribute to achieving its desired objectives particularly the quest for a world free from nuclear weapons.

He said, ''We are meeting here today in the hope of reaching recommendations for the formulation of practical solutions to issues of nuclear security and other important relevant issues, as well as the application of the provisions of Security Council Resolution 1540 for the prevention of weapons of mass destruction from falling into the hands of terrorist organizations and the exercise of stricter control over providers of nuclear materials and technologies to make sure that they are not provided to illegitimate parties.'

Prince Muqrin said the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia had submitted a report that highlighted its views on measures to make the Middle East a free zone from nuclear weapons, which conforms closely with this initiative of the Summit. 'This report of the Kingdom was issued as an official document of the Sixth Review Conference of States' Parties to the Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons in 2000.'

He said, 'In this regard, the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has repeatedly confirmed the concerns raised in this report which are compatible with the relevant resolutions of the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1974, and adopted at each session of the General Assembly by consensus since its 35th session in 1980, including the resolution which calls for declaring the Middle East and Arab Gulf region free from all weapons of mass destruction, especially nuclear weapons.'

He added that Israel's possession of nuclear weapons constitutes a fundamental obstacle to achieving security and stability in the Middle East, pointing out that the justifications submitted for Israel's acquisition and development of weapons of mass destruction, especially nuclear weapons, are clearly not compatible with its claimed desire to achieve peace with the peoples and countries of the region.

He also asserted that real peace must be based on trust and good intentions by all countries and peoples of the region as well as on freedom from injustice, occupation and committing heinous crimes against them. He also affirmed that peace can not be built on the possession of nuclear weapons, or threat of using them, or on imposition of a fait accompli and hegemony that would be a source of concern and threat, not only to the peoples of the region, but to international peace and security in general.

With regard to the crisis of the Iranian nuclear file, Prince Muqrin said that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia welcomes the international endeavors to find a peaceful solution to this crisis through dialogue in a way that ensures Iran's right, like other countries in the region, to the peaceful use of nuclear energy in accordance with procedural safeguards under the supervision of International Agency of Atomic Energy (IAEA), expressing his hope that Iran will respond positively to these efforts to put an end to the crisis as soon as possible.

He welcomed the initiative of the United States of America for changing its nuclear strategy on limitation of the circumstances that may lead to the use of nuclear weapons, describing the initiative as a major step towards the elimination of these weapons completely. He also expressed hope that the American initiative will provide incentives for other countries to abandon their ambitions to acquire nuclear weapons.

The Prince noted that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which has been among the countries targeted by terrorists, signed the convention on nuclear terrorism last year.

He said that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has signed agreements seeking the preservation of international peace and security and supported all resolutions of the United Nations on non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.