BEIRUT: Saudi King Abdullah’s speech slamming terrorism in the region and the international silence on Israel’s offensive on Gaza was “historic and very important,” former Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Friday.
Hariri hailed the address “because it accurately reflects the painful reality ravaging the Arab region due to the growing phenomenon of terrorism that hides under the cloak of Islam.
“The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques is sounding the alarm in his speech, warning the international community against the risks resulting from not taking serious and quick initiatives to fight and eliminate this dangerous phenomenon,” Hariri said in a statement.
He said the address shed light on the serious results of Israel's massacres in Gaza.
In his speech, King Abdullah said extremist Islamist groups were killing innocent people and mutilating their bodies, in contravention of Islamic teachings, and described Israel’s aggression on Gaza as a war crime and “state-sponsored terrorism.”
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on August 02, 2014, on page 1.