Foreign Affairs State Minister Dr. Nizar Madani visits the Saudi embassy in Cairo. (SPA)

By Sawsan Abu Hussein

February 24, 2018

Saudi Foreign Affairs State Minister Dr. Nizar Madani openly slammed Iran as the prime threat and challenge facing his country’s foreign policy, downplaying the diplomatic crisis with Qatar.

“We are not busy with the conflict with Qatar,” he said at a cultural event in Cairo.

“Everything has become clear and it has to implement the demands” of the four boycotting countries, he said on Thursday

Saudi Ambassador to Egypt, Permanent Representative of Saudi Arabia to the Arab League and Dean of Arab Diplomatic Corps Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Al-Qattan hosted the event.

Madani delivered a lecture about Saudi foreign policy and the event was attended by ministers, public figures, intellectuals, ambassadors, politicians and senior journalists.

He addressed different definitions and theories of the general concept of foreign policy and factors that affect the choices of countries when dealing with a specific political issue.

He tackled Saudi foreign policy, pointing out that it stems from a firm belief in regional and international peace and stability.

Madani said that Saudi Arabia follows basic principles for any decision or external political move. These principles stem primarily from its standing in the Arab and Islamic world.

He detailed the Kingdom’s championing of Arab solidarity in all fields, including politics, culture and intellectual progression.

The Kingdom’s foreign policy is based on respecting conventions and international agreements with other states, finding a peaceful resolution to end disputes and following a non-interference approach when it comes to internal affairs of other countries.

Asharq Al-Awsat

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