2005 News Story

Saudi Arabia reaffirms commitment against weapons of mass destruction

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs today issued the following statement reaffirming the Kingdom’s commitment to all international agreements aimed at protecting the world against the dangers of weapons of mass destruction, establishing nuclear-free zones, and achieving peaceful co-existence:

“Resulting from a firm belief and ongoing endeavors in support of international efforts aimed at enabling the international community to avoid the dangers and repercussions, and in its desire for peaceful and civilized co-existence among the countries and peoples of the world, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has joined all international agreements and treaties which curb the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and has supported all steps and efforts aimed at setting up zones free from nuclear and other such weapons.

“On the occasion of the extraordinary meeting of the governing council of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) scheduled for Vienna on June 13, 2005, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia would like to reiterate its constant wish to cooperate with the IAEA, and to reaffirm its commitment to the conditions of relevant international treaties, notably that for Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and its appendices, including the Small Quantities Protocol.

“Moreover, the Kingdom would like to reassure the international community that it does not possess any nuclear facilities or reactors, nor any fissionable or related materials; this is in accordance with the relevant agreements, with the Kingdom’s firm stance in support of international peace and security, and with its desire to see other peace-loving countries eliminate their weapons of mass destruction and to enhance cooperation with IAEA for the sake of achieving security and stability in the international community.”