Kingdom Addresses 70th UN General Assembly
Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir this evening addressed the 70th General Assembly of the United Nations in New York, expressed keenness of the Kingdom to achieve the purposes of the UN Charter in maintaining the security and safety of the peoples of the world.
In his address, Minister Al-Jubeir renewed the Kingdom’s determination to eradicate the phenomenon of terrorism from its roots and to dry its financial resources. He also strongly denounced the terrorists' attempts to connection their crimes to Islam, which calls for love, peace, tolerance and moderation.
Al-Jubeir added that the Palestinian issue will continue to be a permanent topic on the agenda of the General Assembly until Palestinians achieve their right to establish a Palestinian independent state with Al-Quds (Jerusalem) as its capital and called to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict, based on Security Council resolutions. He added, “In this regard, we have to renew our condemnation of the continuing Israeli violations of Al-Aqsa Mosque's sanctity, via policies aimed at dividing it at time and space levels, a matter poses a serious escalation in the conflict, and feeds the violence and extremism in the world.”
Regarding Syria, Al-Jubeir pointed out that the Syrian crisis is entering its fifth year, and the international community is still unable to take crucial decisions to save the Syrian people. So far, more than 300,000 of Syrians have been killed and twelve million displaced, as well as the destruction of Syria in one of the biggest humanitarian catastrophe of the contemporary history. Minister Al-Jubeir added “We see there is no way to end Syrian crisis but only through a political solution, based on the Declaration of Geneva 1,”' pointing out that the Kingdom will continue to push for this solution to end Al-Assad regime.
On Yemen, the Minister explained that coalition forces to support the legitimacy in Yemen has made great achievements in the liberation of many areas from the rebels' grip, including Aden, which allowed for the legitimate government to return. He added that meanwhile, the Kingdom and the coalition countries are working to intensify coordination with international organizations to provide humanitarian aid to Yemen, and the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center played a major role in providing humanitarian assistance to the Yemeni people.
Al-Jubeir also confirmed that there are parties are trying to escalate the crisis in Yemen through incitement and attempt to smuggle arms to the rebels. For example, on Saturday, Sept. 26, an Iranian ship carrying weapons destined for the Houthis rebels, was stop under UN Security Council Resolution 2216. The minister noted that this was not the only case of the weapons smuggling to the Houthis by Iran.
The foreign minister added that the Kingdom welcomes all efforts to make the Middle East a zone free of nuclear weapons and all weapons of mass destruction, including the P5+1 Group agreement with Iran, which prohibits Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.