FM Peres’ reaction to interview by Saudi Crown Prince

(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)
February 19, 2002

Foreign Minister Shimon Peres stated today (February 19) in an interview with Saudi Television that Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Abdullah’s recent declaration was an interesting and positive one, radiating a willingness to advance towards peace and a resolution of the conflict in the region.

Foreign Minister Peres added that in the past as well, Saudi Arabia could have assisted in promoting peace, both between Israel and Saudi Arabia, and throughout the entire region.

"The greatest threat to achieving peace is terrorism, and the basis for any progress is putting an end to terrorist activity," Peres stated.