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RIA Novosti

MOSCOW, March 17 (RIA Novosti) - The international troops' stationing in Iraq and the still-unsettled problems facing Palestine encourage terrorism, according to Mohammad bin Hassan Abdel Wali, Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Russia.

Addressing an international conference, Religions Against Terrorism, the diplomat said the present situation in the world continued nurturing terrorists who were active in Saudi Arabia and outside the country.

"The Al-Qaeda leader is still at large in Afghanistan, some countries continue sheltering radicals. The ongoing occupation of Iraq and the lack of a fair solution to the Palestine-Israel conflict fuel hatred and hostility," the ambassador said.

Wali believes the agreements between Palestine and Israel the two countries reached at a meeting in Sharm El Sheikh and the London conference to support Palestine's reforms arouse hopes for resolving the problem.

"Saudi Arabia is positive that ensuring the Palestinian people's right to establish their own independent state would strip terrorists of the opportunity to use people's suffering and disseminate their ideology, and recruit new members for unlawful activities," he said.

He called on authorities in all countries and the media to refrain from terrorism-related accusations against Islam and Muslims. "Islam has nothing to do with these criminal activities that violate the principles of all religions," Wali said.

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