Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud

November 4, 2010 by staff 

Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, Asharq Al-Awsat-A close source to Mr. Adel Abdel Mahdi, Vice-President of Iraq and leading member of the Islamic Supreme Council, headed by Ammar al-Hakim, has revealed that he discussed during a meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus yesterday, “the need to activate the initiative proposed by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, seeking to gather the Iraqi political parties in Riyadh after the pilgrimage to Mecca under the auspices of the Arab League. ”

The source told Asharq al-Awsat, via a telephone interview from Damascus, Abdel-Mahdi that “the Syrian president informed of the importance of this initiative, which does not conflict with the initiative [proposed by the] President of the Kurdistan Region, Massoud Barzani. The source said that Abdul-Mahdi, who has been nominated by the Prime Minister Iraqi National Coalition, headed by Ammar al-Hakim, “discussed the latest developments in the political situation with President al-Assad, and reiterated that the Supreme Court Islamic Council does not wish to form a government with Nouri al-Maliki (head of state law and the coalition of outgoing Prime Minister of the Government). He also said he believes that the Saudi royal initiative to be a way out of the political crisis in Iraq. “The source added that Abdul-Mahdi claimed the initiative was” worthy, in the interest of Iraqi people, and sincere. ”

In his comments after meeting with President al-Assad and Vice President Farouk al-Sharaa, Abdel-Mahdi described the meeting with the Syrian president as “excellent.” He stressed that Syria has “a major role to play in resolving the Iraqi issue through consultation with the Iraqi and regional parties. He also mentioned the initiative of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, saying “there were positive responses in both the Iraqi community and the surrounding region.” Abdel-Mahdi confirmed, “The formation of a government we need in Iraq is a national partnership. The government must be a success and not a repetition of the experience of four years. ”

In addition, Syrian President [Bashar al-Assad] has called for accelerating the formation of a “national unity government with the support of the Iraqi people to be able to restore security and stability in Iraq, reiterating Syrian support for “all Iraqis agree on.” Al-Assad has also “strongly” condemned the bombings that targeted in Baghdad the day before yesterday, and terrorist attack at the church of Our Lady of Hi, last Sunday, saying, “The Syrian people stand side by side with the Iraqi people in the face of t*rror*sm.”

In Baghdad, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari told a press conference yesterday: “We received with great interest the generous initiative of the King of Saudi Arabia. This is an admirable initiative with good intentions, to serve the people of Iraq. “Zebari said at the conference” Arab and Saudi Arabia, to understand that government formation is a matter internally, but this initiative could contribute to urge Iraqi leaders to be more positive. “However, he added” we, [as members of] the government, were surprised by this initiative as it we don ‘ had not been informed in advance, and we heard about in the media, “adding that” we have not received an official letter. ”

For his part, Amr Moussa, Secretary General of the League of Arab States, yesterday described the Saudi initiative as “positive.” Regarding the efforts to train the Iraqi government, Musa said he held telephone consultations with Prince Saud al-Faisal, foreign minister of Saudi to discuss the subject. He also said yesterday that he met with the outgoing Prime Minister, Nuri al-Maliki and Foreign Minister Zebari, and also had a phone call yesterday with Abdul-Mahdi. In addition, he will meet with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, and he also met the Prime Minister of Iraqi Kurdistan, Barham Salih.

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