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Saudi Arabia: Syria’s Place is Among its Arab Brothers, Iran Must Stop its Meddling

Saudi Arabia: Syria’s Place is Among its Arab Brothers, Iran Must Stop its Meddling

Tuesday, 1 October, 2019 - 08:00
Photo of a UN Security Council session (EPA/ANDREW GOMBERT).
New York - Ali Barada
The Permanent Representative of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations, Abdullah bin Yehya al-Muallimi, has welcomed the agreement to form the constitutional committee in Syria and the commencement of its work in line with Security Council Resolution 2254.
 
He stressed on Monday that Iran must be aware that Syria is an Arab state and “its natural place is among its Arab brothers”, calling for ending Tehran’s “blatant interference” in the country.
 
Addressing the Security Council at its monthly meeting in New York on the conflict in Syria, Al-Muallimi noted that Saudi Arabia welcomed this announcement “which comes in accordance with UN Resolution 2254.”
 
He also said that the Kingdom considered it an important step toward reaching a political solution which would put an end to the Syrian people’s sufferings and guarantee the safe return of refugees to their homeland.
 
“The government of my country calls on the Syrian authorities to seize this opportunity and to engage seriously and honestly at the first meeting of the constitutional committee to be held at the end of October and not to hinder it,” he remarked. He said that reason must prevail in order to lift Syria out of its eight-year-long crisis, which was “exploited by the enemies of the Syrian people and the enemies of the Arab nation to implement foreign agendas aimed at plunging the region into destruction.”
 
“We must realize that the Iranian-backed terrorist sectarian militias that have penetrated into Syrian territory have played a key role in the destruction that has taken place in Syria. Therefore, any solution to the Syrian issue requires the removal of these militias from Syrian territory,” the ambassador emphasized.
 
He also stressed that the Saudi government “rejects and condemns the killing and displacement of civilians and the use of chemical weapons in Syria,” and called for holding accountable the perpetrators of these “inhuman crimes.”
 
“The crimes committed in Idlib should be halted immediately and unconditionally. The Saudi Kingdom supports the Syrian people with all honest ways to put Syria back on track and to spare its people further destruction and suffering, and to ensure the safe return of refugees in accordance with international laws,” Al-Muallimi told the Security Council.

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