Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques pays fruitful four-leg tour of Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan

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The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, King of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and President Mohammed Hosni Mubarak of the Arab Republic of Egypt, held a bilateral meeting at the International Center for Conferences in Sharm El-Sheikh.

President Mubarak, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, hosted a dinner party at the International Center for Conferences in Sharm El-Sheikh in honor of King Abdullah.

The banquet was attended by the official delegation of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Egypt's Prime Minister, Egypt's government ministers and a number of senior officials.

At the outset of the meeting, President Mubarak welcomed the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in his second country: the Arab Republic of Egypt.

For his part, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques expressed thanks to and appreciation of President Mubarak of Egypt for warm welcome and generous hospitality accorded to him and the accompanying delegation.

Then the two leaders discussed the overall incidents and developments at the Arab arena, led by the Palestinian issue, the derailed peace process, the Palestinian people's sufferings due to the Israeli siege, homes demolition, confiscation of properties and lands and the importance of reaching a fair and comprehensive solution that guarantees the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people according to the international legitimacy and Arab Peace Initiative in this regard.

The talks also tackled the situations in Lebanon and the need for disregarding differences of the country's sects and achieving security and peace for its people.

The two leaders also discussed the situation in The Sudan and the importance of ending the current differences among Sudan leaders for the sake of unity of its territories, its security and safety.

They also discussed the situation in Somalia and the need to stop bloodshed and narrow the gap between points of views among Somali leaders to end their differences and wars and to achieve reconciliation that guarantees the unity of Somalia and its security and safety.

The talks also covered the overall developments at the Islamic and international arenas and the position of the two countries towards them, in addition to aspects of cooperation between the two sisterly countries and ways of enhancing them in all fields in the interest of the two countries sisterly peoples.

Earlier, King Abdullah, President Michel Suleiman of the Lebanese Republic and President Bashar al-Assad of the Syrian Arab Republic held a trilateral summit meeting at Baabda in Beirut.

The meeting was attended by Nabih Berri, Speaker of the Lebanese Parliament and Saad Al-Hariri, Lebanese Prime Minister.

Then, Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Prince Miqren bin Abdulaziz, Chief of General Intelligence from the Saudi side joined the meeting.

From the Syrian side, Walid Al-Muallem, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Dr. Buthaina Shaaban, Adviser to the Syrian President for Political Affairs and Information joined the meeting as well.

Following that, the Lebanese President General Michel Suleiman decorated each of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Syria's President Dr. Bashar Al-Assad with the Grand National Rice Necklace.

Later on, King Abdullah arrived in the Jordanian capital of Amman on a state visit to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. At Marka Military airport, he was received by King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein, King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, who welcomed the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques and his accompanying delegation in their second country: the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

A red-carpet 21-bullet-launch welcome was accorded to the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques who greeted his Jordanian hosts including senior government and parliament officials as well as the Jordanian ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Gaftan Al-Majali and Saudi ambassador to Jordan Fahd bin Abdulmohsen Al-Zaid.

The Saudi and Jordanian monarchs co-chaired the talks held between the two sides at Basman Royal Palace in the Jordanian capital of Amman.

Following the round of talks, the following communiquéأ© was issued:

'The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein of Jordan held a summit meeting during which they tackled the mechanisms of activating the relations of cooperation between the two sisterly countries in different fields in addition to the current situations in the Middle East and efforts to bring about peace and stability to the region.

The King of Saudi Arabia and the King of Jordan expressed, in a meeting that gathered senior officials of the two sides at Basman Royal Palace, followed by a bilateral one, their gratitude of the historical fraternal ties binding their two countries and their joint keenness to further strengthen and augment bilateral cooperation in different fields in a way that serves the two countries and their sisterly peoples.

King Abdullah II of Jordan expressed appreciation of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for his supportive stances and assistance for Jordan, citing a number of developmental and vital programs for Jordan.

The two leaders confirmed the importance of continuing their coordination and consultation to enhance joint Arab Action in the face of different challenges, particularly in this critical stage of the history of the region.

King Abdullah II of Jordan lauded the efforts being exerted by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques in enhancing Arab solidarity and bringing about an Arab united position in the service of the Arab causes and interests.

During the meeting, which comes within consultations and coordination of the two countries toward all issues of mutual concern, the two leaders discussed the efforts being exerted to reach a two-state solution for the Palestinian Israeli conflict within a comprehensive regional solution that guarantees the repatriation of all Arab usurped rights, particularly the right of the Palestinian people to establish an independent state on their national territory.

The two leaders underscored the importance of intensifying the international community efforts to make tangible progress at the peace process, to reach the two-state solution which constitutes the sole way to achieve security and stability in the region.

The two leaders confirmed the support of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan for the sisterly Palestinian people and the provision of all support for them during their endeavor to get their national rights, particularly their right to enjoy freedom and living in an independent state.

On Lebanon, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein discussed the developments of the situation at the Lebanese front and confirmed their stance by the side of the Lebanese sisterly people in their effort to enhance security and stability and support of their domestic unity and national reconciliation.

On Iraq, the two leaders, put emphasis on the importance of Iraq's central security and stability which constitutes a basic pillar for the security and stability of the region, also confirming the importance of reaching an Iraqi national unity government in which all Iraqi community elements would be represented.

The two leaders discussed a number of Arab, Islamic and International issues of mutual concern.

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, then, briefed his host King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein on the outcome of his recent tour which took him to each of Egypt, Syria and Lebanon and his meetings with leaders of those countries which came within the strenuous efforts exerted by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques in the service of Arab issues and enhancement of Arab ranks unity in the face of different challenges.

The talks were attended by Prince Miqren bin Abdulaziz, Chief of General Intelligence; Prince Faisal bin Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Saud, Minister of Education; Prince Turki bin Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Saud, Advisor to the King; Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Advisor to the King; Prince Mansour bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz, Advisor to the King; Prince Dr. Bandar bin Salman bin Mohammed Al Saud, Advisor to the King; Prince Mansour bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz; Dr. Ibrahim Al-Assaf, Minister of Finance; Dr. Abdulaziz Khoja, Minister of Culture and Information; and senior protocol officials.

On the Jordanian side, the round of talks was attended by Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein, Chief of the Guard of Honor; Samir Al-Rufaee, Prime Minister; Nasser Al-Loozi, Chief of the Hashemite Royal Court; Al-Sharif Fawaz bin Zeben bin Abdullah, King's Advisor for Clans Affairs; Ayman Al-Safadi, Advisor to the King; Dr. Khalid Al-Karki, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education; Nasser Joda, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Dr. Mohammed Abu-Hamour, Minister of Finance; Ali Al-Ayed, Minister of State for Information and Communications Affairs; General Mohammed Al-Raggad, Chief of General Intelligence; and Jordanian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Gaftan Al-Majali'.