Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia

August 20, 2013 15:07 ET

The Statement of the Saudi Foreign Affairs Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal Carried by the Saudi Press Agency on the Current Events in Egypt-August 19, 2013

RIYADH, KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA--(Marketwired - Aug. 20, 2013) - His Royal Highness Prince Saud Al-Faisal, the Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs said that his recent visit to Paris and his meeting with the Honourable Francois Hollande, President of France on Sunday August 18, 2013 was to discuss with friends in France the current events taking place in Egypt with a view to unify the visions on what is happening based on facts and not assumptions.

Prince Al-Faisal said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press on August 19, 2013 the following:

"What the Arab Republic of Egypt is witnessing today reflects the will of thirty million Egyptian who took to the streets on the 30th of June to express their desires to conduct early presidential elections as an inevitable result to the deterioration of the economic, political and social conditions which has led to the meeting of all leaders and political and social parties to announce a new road map that crosses Egypt to safety after the former government refused to respond to the demands of millions of the Egyptian people. The new road map consists of amending the constitution and conducting presidential and parliamentarian elections on specific dates with the participation of all political parties. The uprising of thirty million Egyptians cannot in any way be described as a military coup because all military coups take place in secrecy. Also, a civilian presidency took power in Egypt in accordance with the Egyptian Constitution".

"The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia follows with deep sorrow the development of events we see today that amounted to wars on the streets, vandalism, destruction of public and private properties, terrorizing the citizen's security, the loss of innocent lives and burning of the entire provinces of Egypt by a political movement that refuses to respond to the will of the Egyptian people and refuses all reconciliatory initiatives which were launched by Sheikh Al-Azhar, in addition to all Arab and international calls and took to the streets and protested in Egyptian squares and paralysed people's movements in the surrounding areas and terrorized its dwellers and stacked weapons and ammunitions and used them against women and children as human shields in an attempt to gain the sympathy of the public opinion and continued their protests for more than forty days, which contradicts all claims that those protests are peaceful and at the same time is inconsistent with all international laws in expressing freedom of opinion and human rights which prohibit and criminalize terrorizing the citizens and vandalizing their properties using the power of weapons and disabling and paralysing people's movements. All this has nothing to do with democratic principles and human rights".

"Another fact must be noted here which is represented by the strenuous attempt of the Egyptian government to disengage the protests in various peaceful ways and through negotiations, but unfortunately those efforts were met with refusal and intransigence as well as violence by using weapons and Molotov bombs against both the police and the citizens".

"Despite the size of the protests in Rabiah Aladawiya square and Alnahda square, it is important to highlight what the Egyptian government has accomplished and its strength in disabling the protests in a short period of time and with little damages. I say that not based on assumptions but on documented facts and videos".

"What we see today with great regret the opponents' initiatives to burn mosques, churches, military institutions, police stations as well as terrorizing the people in an attempt to transfer the crisis into street wars. This demagogic activity coincided with the terrorist acts that took place in Sinai which confirm that the root cause is one, and that is so sad and totally unacceptable by all means because it contradicts with peaceful protests. Taking into consideration that all the laws of the countries in the world unequivocally prohibit any armed demonstrations or threats to the security of civilians or vandalism as well as disrupting people's lives and civilians' interests".

"We see today with great regret international positions that have taken a strange path in ignoring all these irrefutable facts and focused instead on general principles as if they aim to cover up for the crimes those opponents have committed and the burning of Egypt and the killing of its safe people. It even encourages these parties, to carry on such practices. We also see that the international positions towards the current events in Egypt contradicts with their stances toward the events in Syria. Where is its concern for human rights and the sanctity of blood and carnage that take place in Syria everyday, which led to the killing of more than one hundred thousand Syrians and destroyed the entire country without hearing a whisper from the international community that only adheres to human rights according to its interests".

"If the international community maintains its current stance on Egypt, then the Kingdom as well as the Arab and Muslim World will not forget that and this era will be considered an era where all rights were violated and falsely justified. This will not be acceptable in anyway. We will not consider those who disregard these facts and go after propaganda and flimsy lies as a goodwill or ignorance, but we will consider these stances as hostile attitudes against the interests of the Arab and Islamic nations and their stability, because Egypt will not be harmed and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Arab nations will not stand silent because they are nations that draw strength from their own people and their faith and capabilities".

"Let it be known to all countries that take such negative stances toward Egypt that the destruction will not be limited to Egypt alone but it will have repercussions on all those who have contributed or favoured the problems and disorders taking place in Egypt today".

"The kingdom of Saudi Arabia expresses surprise with some sort of shyness towards those international stances that were expressed about the situation in Egypt which show inclination towards those who try to use the Egyptian people as an instrument of political action".

"In regards to the negative international stances toward Egypt, it was inevitable to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to stand up for Egypt because it considers it the biggest and most important Arab country. The Kingdom does not accept determining Egypt's fate based on false assessments. Therefore, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Bin Abdelaziz Al Saud conveyed a clear and strong message last Friday August 16, 2013 which stems from his Islamic ethics and gives him the power to stand up for what's right without paying attention to interests and transient gains. The Kingdom called on the Egyptian people and the people of the Arab and Islamic nations to stand united and use wisdom and reasoning to preserve the security and stability of Egypt. He also explained that what happened in Egypt is considered terrorism and must be addressed and combated with all might. King Abdullah demanded non interference in Egypt's internal affairs and to let the people of Egypt and its leadership make their own decisions about their country's affairs".

"I assure everyone that the leadership, the government and the people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have stood and will always stand with Egypt. The Arab States will never accept manipulation of their fates or tampering with their security and stability by the international community. I hope that the international community is aware of the contents of the message of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques that the Kingdom is serious and will not hesitate in supporting the Egyptian People to safeguard their security and stability, because our fate is one and our goal is one and as you are enjoying security and stability, do not consider them as too much for us".

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