Prince condemns terrorism


Muscat - Saudi Arabia's Prince Abdullah strongly condemned terrorism, but called on Arab and Muslim countries to unite against Israel, in his address at the opening of a summit of Gulf leaders in Muscat yesterday.

"Our Arab and Islamic nation has suffered huge prejudice caused by the irresponsible behaviour of assassins hiding behind Islamic slogans, while Islam rejects them," he said in a reference to the September 11th attacks.

Those behind the hijacked airliner attacks in New York and Washington "claim to support the Arab-Islamic nation while it was the primary victim of the criminality and their heedlessness," said the prince, who is representing his country at the 22nd Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit.

"It is the duty of all Muslims to unequivocally condemn terrorist acts and all of those who support them by words or by deeds," he said.