In The Name of Allah, The Most Beneficent, The Most Merciful

 Prince Turki bin Mohammed bin Saud Al-Kabeer Head of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Delegation, host of the 4th summit of Arab- South American Countries.

Ms. Maria Dolaras
Head of Brazil’s Delegation, coordinator of the 4th summit of Arab- South American Countries

Your Excellencies, Ambassadors,

Ladies and gentlemen,

I am pleased to be with you again in the meetings of senior officials of the Foreign Ministries of Arab and South American countries, and I want to convey  the greetings of His Excellency the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States and his wishes this meeting of success and to achieve the desired goals.

The importance of this meeting comes as it takes place during the last preparatory stages for the summit, aspired to be a new station for the start of cooperation journey to wider horizons. In this meeting we continued the consultation on issues of common interest and discussed coordination of positions with respect to the items on the agenda, especially the updated draft of "Riyadh Declaration "which will be released from the summit” and developing a common vision for the final draft which is the task entrusted to us.

In this regard, I would like to pay tribute to the efforts made in previous preparatory meetings that resulted in this document before us, which reflected the real desire of both sides to strengthen cooperation.

The document before us reflects the consensus between the two groups on most of the issues under discussion, which will facilitate our task today. The document in your hands, were attained in the light of discussions between Foreign Ministers of Arab and South American countries which was held on the sidelines of the General Assembly On 30th of  September, which was preceded by a meeting at the level of senior officials over two days.

I would like to point the importance of resolving contentious topics and to find a middle ground on its paragraphs so as not to open the debate regarding them again.

Ladies and gentlemen,

While we appreciate the progress made during the last period, we hope to continue this momentum, and to take practical steps to implement the rest of the events and activities included in the technical cooperation plans accompanying the announcement. which as we hope is a new starting point to expand the areas of cooperation for achieving the common desire and determination of strengthening friendly relations and cooperation based on mutual benefit and common interest.

Alsalamu alaykum warahmatullah wa barakatuh