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Saudi Ambassador to Washington: ‘My country’s Political Standards Haven’t Changed’ - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive
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Washington- Saudi Ambassador to the United States Prince Abdullah bin Faisal bin Turki assured that the foundations of the foreign policy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have not changed.

In his speech on the 25th Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference, organized by the National Council of U.S.-Arab relations, Prince Abdullah said: “Saudi Arabia’s foreign policy foundations seek to achieve security, stability and economic prosperity, in the region and the world.”

He pointed out that the Saudi Vision 2030 will bring many achievements on the economic and social levels.

Prince Abdullah also explained that Saudi Arabia has powerful relations with the developed countries of the world.

“Disagreements over the history of the Kingdom are usually with failed states and collapsed regimes, including those that exploit the Arab and Islamic issues and conflicts to achieve gains,” he said.
“Saudi Arabia does not use religion as an emblem. It has Arab and Islamic identity, in accordance with its people’s identity, unlike the countries that use Islamic slogans to justify their hostile actions, such as Iran,” he added.

Regarding relations between Saudi Arabia and the United States, he pointed out that United States understands the importance of these relations between the two countries.

He said that relations with the United States were and are still strong and successful.
He noted that these relations faced a lot of challenges and pressures over the years but overtook successfully and became solid in several areas, reflecting the positive role of Saudi Arabia in the world.

He stressed that relations with the United States are based on the firm foundations and on a great deal of confidence despite that some believe things change according to the American administration, which controls the country.

He said that relations with the U.S. have started from business sector and through personal relations among individuals via petroleum, engineering, education and students’ activities.

In regard to the “JASTA” law, he said that this matter concerns the United States, and a large number of countries have expressed displeasure of this law.

On incidents happening in Yemen and on borders, Prince Abdullah said: “Whoever breaches our borders and carry out criminal acts will be punished. We support the legislative government, and whoever wants to solve the Yemeni crisis should specify the party responsible for this conflict.”

On the other hand, talking about Syrian crisis, the Saudi Ambassador confirmed that Saudi Arabia is not searching for enemies in Syria.

He said that Saudi Arabia’s stance against Bashar al-Assad comes in line with his criminal and hideous acts against Syrian people, who have been suffering from displacement and deaths.

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