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Saudi FM: Kingdom Keen on Uniting Arab Stances

Saudi FM: Kingdom Keen on Uniting Arab Stances

Tuesday, 11 September, 2018 - 19:45
Saudi FM Jubeir underlines importance of joint Arab efforts. (SPA)
Asharq Al-Awsat

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir stressed on Tuesday that the Kingdom was keen on uniting Arab stances and raising the level of the Arab League.

He made his remarks during the opening of the 150th regular session of the Arab League Council in Cairo.

As the president of the 149th round of the council, he said that Saudi Arabia sought to develop joint Arab work in a manner that keeps it abreast political, social and economic developments in the Arab world.

On Palestinian affairs, Jubeir stated that the Palestinian cause will remain at the top of the Kingdom’s priorities. The Kingdom is seeking for the Palestinian people to obtain their legitimate rights based on the 2002 Arab peace initiative and related international resolutions.

On Yemen, the minister reiterated the Kingdom’s commitment to the unity, stability, security and safety of the war-torn country through providing support to the legitime government. He also underlined its cooperation with United Nations special envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths and his efforts to reach a political solution to the conflict.

Jubeir added that the Iran-backed Houthi militias “have not and will not comply with the calls of the international community to seriously join the political process.”

The latest evidence of this was their failure last week to attend UN-sponsored consultations in Geneva, he remarked.

Moreover, he underscored Saudi Arabia’s fight against terrorism, saying it has never hesitated in providing all forms of cooperation with the international community to eliminate this phenomenon.

He highlighted “Iran’s terrorism through its blatant meddling in Arab affairs and support for terrorist militias.”

“Cooperation and solidarity are needed to combat and deter” Iran’s pawns, he continued.

Sudan will now assume the presidency of the 150th session of the Arab League council.

Jubeir had held talks on the sidelines of the Cairo meeting with his Iraqi, Palestinian, Egyptian and Jordanian counterparts.

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