BEIRUT: Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri described Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah’s speech to the Arab world as “historic and very important” Friday, lauding the kingdom's head for warning of the painful reality in the region and urging an international response to Israeli war crimes committed in Gaza.
Hariri hailed the speech “because it accurately reflects the painful reality that has ravaged the Arab region - the growing phenomenon of terrorism disguised under the cloak of Islam,” adding that terrorism’s “sole purpose is to tear communities apart, and bring hatred and conflict instead of brotherhood to the sons of the nation.”
According to a statement released by Hariri’s press office, the Future head expressed his belief that terrorism, in all its forms, constitutes a threat to international peace and hailed King Abdullah for shedding light on the serious consequences that resulted from Israeli terrorism.
Hariri stressed that Israeli crimes represented the pinnacle of terrorism and aggression against Palestinian’s basic human rights, which should not be condoned or justified under any circumstances.
"Our historic responsibility urges us to interact positively with the call of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah, and unite Arab efforts to do whatever it takes to confront terrorism and its dangerous repercussions,” he concluded.
King Abdullah Friday criticized international inaction over Israel's offensive in Gaza, which he described as involving mass slaughter and "war crimes against humanity," in a speech read out on his behalf on Saudi state television.
He also slammed militants who he said were killing innocent people and mutilating their bodies in contravention of Islamic teachings, and called on the region's leaders and religious scholars to prevent Islam from being hijacked by militants.