Saudi Arabia reiterates call for Middle East nuclear weapons-free zone

June 17, 2009

Saudi Arabia reiterated its call for a nuclear weapons-free Middle East during a plenary meeting of the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism, which began in the Netherlands yesterday.

Addressing the gathering, Advisor at the Saudi Embassy in the Hague Nayef Al-Sudeiry asserted that security and stability are not achieved through the acquisition of weapons of mass destruction, but through cooperation, consultation and international development. He pointed out that the possession of nuclear weapons by Israel constitutes a basic obstacle for bringing security to the region and runs counter to that country’s stated desire to coexist peacefully with its neighbors.

Additionally, Al-Sudeiry called for an international agreement that will guarantee the safety of countries that do not acquire nuclear weapons.

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