Second Deputy Premier Prince Naif says Arab peace initiative won’t be subject to negotiations for God’s perpetuity

Arab agreement on combating terrorism paved the way for integrated world efforts to face terror

Governor of Eastern Region opens “Faisal, observer and martyr” exhibition

Saudi Arabia removed from U.S. list of intellectual property rights monitoring

Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, stressed that the development witnessed by Saudi-Qatari relations is the result of long-standing historical ties between the two countries, emphasizing that these relations are embodied by the bonds of kinship, neighborhood, belief, language and history.

Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz praised the positive results and agreements reached during the meetings of the Joint Coordination Council. He also considered that the development of relations came as a result of the wise leadership of the two countries in accordance with the aspirations of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.

In an interview with 'Al-Sharq' Qatari newspaper, Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz said that the establishment of the Saudi-Qatari Coordination Council emanates from the Saudi Arabia's endeavor to develop cooperation with all brothers in the GCC countries in all fields, stressing that the Coordination Council will enhance the long-standing historical relations between the two countries.

'The agreements signed between the two sides reflect the desire and tendency of the leaderships of the two countries to consolidate and enhance the existing fraternal relations between the two countries in various fields. These agreements are also a result of the distinguished historical relations and existing cooperation and coordination between the two countries', Prince Naif added.

Prince Naif also said that such agreements are enhancing the current cooperation and opening new horizons to expand this cooperation to benefit the two brotherly peoples and countries.

As regards the joint GCC projects including the Gulf Railway, Electricity Grid System and full citizenship rights, Prince Naif said that the bonds of kinship, neighborhood, belief and history are stronger than such technical linkages which only aim to serve such bonds. Prince Naif expressed optimism for the success of these projects.

With regard to the fight against terrorism and whether the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has won the battle against terrorism in light of the achieved substantial victories on terrorist elements which resulted in the stop of terrorist operations during the last period, Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz stressed that the Kingdom has been able to put an end to this evil, foil hundreds of sabotage attempts, revealed the invalidity of terrorists' arguments and their violation of Islam teachings and Arab ethics.

'The Saudi experience in the counter-terrorism has become a pilot experience of which many countries have sought to take advantage of. Such experience is being developed in accordance with the requirements of security work and multiplicity of variables and circumstances surrounding it', Prince Naif said.

'However, no one can say that we won the battle against terrorism. The conflict between good and evil is eternal', Prince Naif added.

As regards the success of Arab Convention against Terrorism in dealing with this phenomenon, Prince Naif said that the Convention is an outstanding achievement made by the Arab countries in general and the Council of Arab Interior Ministers in particular. It is an unprecedented security effort which was reinforced by a joint meeting between the Council of Arab Interior Ministers and the Councils of Arab Justice and Information Ministers.

Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz expressed regret that the early Arab appeal against the risks of terrorism through this Convention did not receive the required international attention, adding that the Convention has prepared the establishment of an integrated global effort against terrorism.

Prince Naif said that cross-border crimes can not be effectively countered by individual efforts exerted by any country, regardless of its abilities. Any success in making a security achievement is beneficial to the international community.

As regards human rights, Prince Naif said that this issue was surrounded with controversy and confusion and was recruited by many parties to achieve their own objectives which are not related to the truth. 'The Basic Law of Governance of the Kingdom expressly affirms the commitment of the State to protect and promote human rights in all areas in accordance with the provisions of Islamic Law and moral values', he said.

Prince Naif highlighted the Kingdom's recent approval of a system against trafficking in persons as well as the UN Human Rights Council's election of the Kingdom for two consecutive sessions which, in turn, reflects the Kingdom's international place and record in this field.

'Whatever efforts made by the Kingdom and the GCC in this field, there will be some people who want to exploit any unacceptable individual exercise in violation of human rights that may be carried out by persons in order to attribute such exercise to Islam or the GCC communities', Prince Naif said.

Regarding the level of cooperation between the GCC Interior Ministries, Prince Naif said that the joint work between the GCC Interior Ministries is achieving tangible success, expressing hope that such joint work will lead to further activation of the joint cooperation between GCC countries in light of the follow-up by the GCC leaders.

Prince Naif denied any external pressure on GCC countries in terms of sponsorship, Iqama, nationality and travel authorization, saying that the there is no external pressure, and the approved systems are emanating from our religion and values. We do not get affected by what arises here and there for reasons and objectives which are no longer unknown to everyone. Prince Naif called for exerting more efforts to guide and rehabilitate job seekers of GCC citizens so as to reduce foreign workers.

With regard to the Iraqi situation, Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz stressed the importance of stability in Iraq, urging neighboring states to recognize the importance of stability in Iraq and to work more seriously and credibility and to distance themselves from interfering in Iraq's internal affairs.

As regards relations with Iran, Prince Naif said that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's relations with Iran and other countries are based on the policy of mutual respect and non-interference in the affairs of others, stressing that the Kingdom attaches great importance to cooperation between Iran and Arab countries through the legitimate channels and in accordance with international conventions and standards.

In response to a question on the Kingdom's position towards Iran's nuclear file, Prince Naif said that the policy of the Kingdom and other GCC countries is clear and declared which is supporting a peaceful solution to this issue and the need to free the region from all weapons of mass destruction in addition to the necessity of full and strict compliance with resolutions and regulations established by international agreements to prevent proliferation of nuclear weapons.

As regards the existence of Saudi tendency to patronize another Palestinian-Palestinian agreement, Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz said that the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has already patronized an agreement between the Palestinian factions in Makkah which was praised by Arabs, Muslims and the world. We expected that this agreement will put an end to the Palestinian differences, but the events came against the Palestinian benefit. It is important to implement and adhere to this agreement.

Regarding the future of the peace process between the Arabs and Israel, Prince Naif pointed out the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques' call for a peace initiative which was endorsed by the Arabs to become an Arab initiative, but Israel has deliberately failed to respond, adding that the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques said in Kuwait summit that this initiative will remain on the table. I believe that the message is clear and Israel must understand that very well.

Meanwhile, in the presence of Prince Turki Al-Faisal, the Chairman of King Faisal Center for Islamic Research and Studies and Prince Jelawi bin Abdulaziz bin Musaed, Deputy Governor of the Eastern Region, Dar Al-Yaum Establishment for Information in cooperation with the Center, organized the 'Symposium of Al-Faisal, Observer and Martyr' at the headquarters of Al-Yaum newspaper in Dammam on Monday evening.

Addressing the Symposium, Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Shubaili, Member of Majlis Al-Shura, who is also the Symposium's Moderator, presented a brief summary on the life of late King Faisal bin Abdulaziz and the most important events during his era.

In Riyadh, Minister of Commerce and Industry Abdullah bin Ahmed Zainal welcomed the U.S. administration's decision removing the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from a list of countries put on focus as regards the level of protection of intellectual copyrights.

In remarks on the decision, Zainal said the decision once more confirms a significant progress achieved by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia over the last 12 months in the field of promoting the protection of intellectual copyrights.

He attributed the Saudi achievement on copy rights protection to continuous instructions by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to governmental bodies in Saudi Arabia to provide the most possible protection to intellectual property rights.