Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal participated in the Arab-Spanish Political Conference held in Madrid.


 Prince Saud said he hoped that Spain would work to promote “positive interaction and productive openness between our peoples and cultures.”
Prince Saud cited the cultural and scientific achievements of the Arabs of the Andalus where scientists such as Ibn Hazm and Al-Zahrawi, philosopher Ibn Rushd and historiographer Ibn Khaldun prospered.
Those who attended the event included Saudi Ambassador to Spain Prince Saud ibn Naif, Prince Muhammad ibn Faisal ibn Turki, director of the general department of European Union at the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos also called for increased dialogue between the Arab world and the West to end the “negative perceptions” that separate the two sides. Speaking at the start of a conference in Madrid between Spanish diplomats and representatives from 19 Arab League countries, he said these perceptions lead to “Islamophobia and Anti-Westernism” in both regions.
Among the topics to be discussed were the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process and relations among Mediterranean nations.
Taking part in the event are the foreign ministers from Syria, Yemen, Jordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates as well as Moroccan minister of state, Abbas El Fassi, and Nabil Shaath, representing the office of the Palestinian presidency.

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