At the Fourth Summit of South American-Arab Countries

Remarks by His Majesty King Abdullah II

At the Fourth Summit of South American-Arab Countries

Saudi ArabiaRiyadh
10 November 2015
(Translated from Arabic)

In the Name of God, Most Merciful, Most Compassionate,

Your Majesties, Excellencies and Highnesses,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Peace, God’s mercy and blessings be upon you.

In our continuing quest to deepen and broaden the bonds and relations between our countries, we gather here today for this Fourth South American-Arab Countries Summit. I wish to extend appreciation to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, under the leadership of my brother, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who envisioned and initiated hosting this summit.

This meeting shall provide us with a solid platform to build on our countries’ strategic importance, rich human resources and natural wealth. Actually, we have so much in common that the long distances between our countries are not an obstacle. We are connected by the great legacy of rich values and customs shared between Arab and South American civilisations.

Allow me to underline our sincere determination to bring our countries closer through enhanced cooperation and stronger partnerships in various fields, especially in the economic sphere. Even with all that has been achieved so far, we look forward to establishing new bridges of cooperation and communication between the peoples and leaders of our countries as well as the sharing of expertise that would best serve our mutual interests.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Our countries are blessed with promising and youthful populations. It is, therefore, our responsibility to create new and attractive job opportunities to meet their aspirations. In particular, it is incumbent on us to immunise and protect our youth against the poisons of terrorist and extremist ideologies, which certainly recognise no boundaries.

With increased global interconnectedness, drawing our countries and economies closer, it has become virtually impossible to limit the repercussions of any crises to its geographic location. This requires us to utilise the outcomes of the three previous summits to develop our cooperation and partnership.

Finally, allow me to express our deep appreciation to South American countries for their courageous stands in support of just Arab causes, foremost of which is the Palestinian cause.

Once again, I thank my brother, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, for his wisdom and forward-looking vision, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the outstanding organisation of this summit.
Wishing you all success.

Peace, God’s mercy and blessings be upon you.