Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Saud al-Faisal: Arabs must have common strategy against nuclear Iran

The great fear in the Arab World is Iran, because of that country's support for every radical brand of Islam among the Arabs, and because of its nuclear development.

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal called on Tuesday for a joint Arab strategy to deal with the "Iranian challenge" at a meeting of Arab foreign ministers in the Egyptian capital. "In order to cement Arab reconciliation we need a common vision for issues that concern Arab security and deal with the Iranian challenge," including its nuclear drive, he said.

Al-Faisal detailed the "challenge" as Iran's nuclear program, that effects the security of all the Gulf states, and Iran's continued involvement in Iraqi, Lebanese and Palestinian affairs. The Saudi prince urged Arabs to overcome their difference and said there has been a significant improvement in Arab ties recently, including Saudi-Syrian relations.

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