Saudi Arabia calls on world to support Arab efforts to dismantle WMDs

December 2, 2011

Saudi Arabia has called upon the world community to support Arab efforts to create a weapons of mass destruction-free zone in the Middle East, a development that would enhance security, peace and stability in the region and internationally. The remarks were made on Wednesday at the 16th Conference for the Parties of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague by Saudi Ambassador to the Netherlands Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Shaghrood. Addressing the gathering, Ambassador Al-Shaghrood stressed the importance of implementing the ban on chemical weapons and destroying any remaining stockpiles. He reiterated the Kingdom’s position that all types of WMDs should be dismantled under the supervision of the international community. Pointing out the risks of WMDs falling into the wrong hands, the Ambassador praised the signing of an agreement to establish the International Center for Combating Terrorism, an initiative proposed by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz in 2005.