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Jeddah, Asharq Al-Awsat- Saudi Foreign Minster Prince Saud Al-Faisal, stressed that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has pursued with great concern and strongly denounced Israeli attacks on Lebanon and Palestinian territories in which Israel waged an all-out war aiming at premeditated destruction of infrastructure; violation of human and national rights; and targeting and punishing of the civilian and innocent people by assassination and apprehension without consideration for international pacts, conventions and human norms.

In a statement to the press Yesterday, Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud Al-Faisal said that Saudi Arabia strongly condemns Israel’s all-out war on Lebanon and the Palestinian territories. These attacks punish innocent civilians, violate human rights and destroy infrastructure without consideration for international conventions, he said.

Prince Saud warned the international community of the dangerous situation in the region given the lax international approach to dealing with Israel’s policies. He added that the positions of some countries suggest support for Israel’s practices, which prevents the UN Security Council from taking a firm decision on the crisis.

The Kingdom’s position on this issue was reaffirmed by the Arab League Council, which called on all parties not engage in acts that destabilize the region, the minister said.

Prince Saud said that if there is intervention by any party, particularly non-Arabs, then it would be in the interest of Arab countries. He emphasized the importance of a cease-fire in order to discuss issues such as the release of an Israeli soldier being held by Hezbollah and Palestinian prisoners.

Saudi Arabia fully supports the Lebanese government and its efforts to maintain sovereignty and establish its authority throughout the country, Prince Saud said.

He also underscored the Kingdom’s full support for the Palestinian Authority and its efforts to control the situation and seek Palestinian unity.

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