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Prince Saud: &#34”There will be no basic changes in the Kingdom”s foreign policy” | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Riyadh- Prince Saud Al-Faisal, the Foreign Minister, has highlighted the significant role played by Late King Fahd bin Abdulaziz in the service of the Arab and Muslim causes as well as the international causes.

Addressing a press conference here last night, Prince Saud said King Fahd had adopted a realistic oil policy for the service of both oil consumers and producers.

He noted that the Kingdom”s local and international polices would remain in line with the values and principles laid by Later King Fahd.

Prince Saud pointed out that the Custodian of the tow Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz would continue the polices of Late King Fahd.

He underlined the importance of further developing of the country, adding that ”but development should be within the framework of the country”s deep-rooted traditions and norms”.

”There will be no basic changes in the Kingdom”s foreign policy”, he said.

On the Saudi-American relations, Prince Saud said ”they are excellent relations, and they will further improve”.

”In the Kingdom we are sure of the development of our institutions and of the existing confidence between the people and their leaders”, he noted.

Meanwhile, Prince Saud denied the reports which said the Kingdom had received a request from the Mauritanian President, who had faced an attempt of military coup, for return to the Kingdom.

Prince Saud highlighted the success attained by the Kingdom in fighting terrorism, and added ”this success is far more better than some politicians envisage in the us in this regard”.

”The Kingdom is determined not only to firmly confront terrorism at the military sphere, but also to tackle the roots and causes of this dangerous phenomenon”, he elaborated.

Citing the determination of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz to uproot terrorism, Prince Saud said the Saudi Government would tirelessly confront terrorists and their financiers and sympathizers.

As regard the process of pledging allegiance, Prince Saud said ”it is contract between the people and the leader”, adding ”as long as the leader follows the path of the religion (Islam) and the principles of justice, then the people will absolutely support him”.

He noted that since the era of the Kingdom ”s Founder, Late King Abdulaziz, transference of power has been taking place smoothly, and no counter reactions have ever taken place” he said and added ”I think matters will continue to go smoothly”.

On the other hand, Prince Saud said the Kingdom has been establishing close contacts with the British institutions as regards security affairs, and any information the Kingdom obtains will be conveyed to Britain”.

Prince Saud slammed Osama bin Laden and said so many Muslims were killed in line with his instructions, and he has been trying to divide the ranks of the Muslims, but his attempts in this respect have been culminated in failure”.

He highlighted the efforts of the Saudi government to enhance the pillars of security and stability, and said ”with the grace of Almighty Allah the Kingdom will triumph and terrorists will be defeated”.

Asked if the Saudi woman would occupy key jobs at the diplomatic field, Prince Saud said ”we have already recruited women to work at this sphere, and added ”they will acquire more experience through their work at the Foreign Ministry”