Saudi Arabia, Germany long-standing partners in changing times
Relations between Germany and Saudi Arabia were formalized as early as 1929 by the signing of the Treaty of Friendship between Germany and the Kingdom of the Hijaz and the Nejd.
Responding to a question about German position on key regional issues, he said the international community desperately needs to find a solution to all the regional conflicts, especially to the Arab-Israeli one, which is with us for far too much time.
Germany is unique among European countries insofar as it has granted Muslims the status of a recognized religious community. Responding to a question about the condition of Muslims in Germany, the top diplomat said everybody in Germany, irrespective of his nationality can live his belief freely.
“Germany supports the two-state solution and still supports the Arab Peace Initiative of late King Abdullah. Regarding Yemen we believe that there can only be a political solution. Such a solution will have to be achieved in the framework of UN and will need to be preceded by a lasting cease-fire and unlimited humanitarian access to all parts of Yemen. We fully support the respective efforts of the UN Special Envoy. Similarly, there can be no military solution in Syria. Key to a definite end of the humanitarian catastrophe in a country with such an impressive cultural heritage are the Geneva peace talks.”
Germany and its private sector, Haller said, are also cooperating with Saudi partners in the energy sector as well as in many other areas.