Saudi Foreign Minister reasserts the Kingdom’s eagerness to unify Arab stance, revamping Arab League
JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir emphasized in Cairo on Tuesday, during the opening of the Arab League (AL) Council, that the Kingdom has shown outright keenness throughout the session to unify the Arab stance, promote the performance of the AL and revamp a Pan-Arab joint action system.
The Palestinian cause is top of all priorities and interests for Saudi Arabia, which endeavors to secure the Palestinian people its legitimate rights based on the Arab Peace Initiative: International legitimacy resolutions calling for establishing its independent state, with East Al-Quds as its capital, he pointed out, reiterating absolute rejection of anything that may compromise the historical or legal status of Al-Quds.
King Salman’s gesture of calling the AL ordinary 29th summit as Al-Quds Summit translates what we harbor for the brethren Palestinian people, Al-Jubeir stressed: To reaffirm the central position the Palestinian cause occupies among the Arab nations and to support the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) and sustain the vital role it played.
On Yemen, Al-Jubeir said the Kingdom still keeping to its commitment toward Yemeni unity, sovereignty, stability, security and territorial integrity, through backing the legitimate government and reiterating readiness to cooperate with the UN envoy to Yemen.
Iran-affiliated Houthis militias have never and will never positively respond to the international community’s calls to engage in the political process, he said, pointing out their absence at the latest meeting, held in Geneva.
Al-Jubeir said that while the Arab Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen secured deliverance of aid to all Yemeni people, the Houthis kept targeting and besieging cities and towns to prevent deliverance of food and drugs to the needy. These militias have launched more than 190 missiles targeting Saudi cities, including at Muslims at prayer.
He stressed that the Kingdom continued taking all steps to ensure that civilian and humanitarian casualties are avoided, in accordance with the principles of international humanitarian law, stressing that the coalition countries will continue to cooperate with the United Nations and other relief agencies, to ensure humanitarian access to the civilians in Yemen and alleviate their suffering.
Al-Jubeir added that the total humanitarian support provided by the Kingdom to Yemen, during the past four years, amounted to more than $13 billion.
On the Syrian crisis, the foreign minister said that the Kingdom seeks to stabilize Syrian unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity, and has united the position of the Syrian opposition so it may sit at the negotiating table to reach a political solution that guarantees security and unity, through prevention of foreign intervention or any attempts to partition the country.
Al-Jubeir said that the Kingdom supports the unity and independence of Libya and the efforts of the UN envoy to reach a political solution that will guarantee the country’s security and stability and eliminate terrorism over its lands.
He pointed to the suffering of our world from the phenomenon of terrorism, which the Kingdom has exerted all efforts to combat, and did not hesitate to provide all kinds of support, in cooperation with the international community, to eliminate it.
He stressed that the conduct practiced by Iran, through its blatant interference in our affairs and support for militias of terrorism, is among the ugliest manifestations of terrorism, which requires us to unite and cooperate to confront and deter its tools.
At the end of his speech, the foreign minister called on his counterpart, the Sudanese Foreign Minister Dr. Dirdiri Mohammed Ahmed, to take over the chairmanship of the current session.
Earlier, under the chairmanship of Al-Jubeir, Arab foreign ministers held, at the request of Jordan, a special session on the crisis facing UNRWA.
The extraordinary session agenda included discussion of the systematic campaign of UNRWA to reduce or cancel its role, as well as ways to support it, financially, in the light of the recent US decision to stop US financial contributions to its annual budget.
Addressing the extraordinary session, the Commissioner-General of UNRWA Pierre Krahenbühl reviewed the conditions of the agency, its needs, and the repercussions of the financial crisis on the services provided to Palestinian refugees.
Speaker of the Arab Parliament Dr. Mishaal bin Fahm Al-Salami praised Saudi Arabia’s role in supporting and developing Arab joint action, assuring that the Arab Parliament would continue to defend the issues of the Arab world.
Al-Salami said that he was honored to attend the meeting of the council of Arab foreign ministers, and highly appreciated the work done by Saudi Arabia during its chairmanship of the Council in supporting and developing joint Arab action. He congratulated Sudan on assuming the Council’s chairmanship.