General view of the Arab League headquarters during foreign ministers meeting to discuss the latest developments in Middle Eastern affairs, on September 12, 2017, in Cairo. (AFP)

March 28, 2019

Saudi Arabia relies on the principle of preserving sovereignty and stability of States in dealing with Arab issues, while Iran incites regional crises in order to break the unity of Arab states, stressed Saudi Ambassador to Egypt and Permanent Representative at the Arab League Osama bin Ahmed Naqli.

The Ambassador indicated that this also applies to the Kingdom’s endeavor to get an independent Palestinian state established on the 1967 border with East al-Quds as its capital, in accordance with the resolutions of international legitimacy and the Arab peace initiative.

Naqli was speaking during the meeting of Permanent Representatives and Senior Officials for the Preparatory Meeting of Arab Foreign Ministers of the 30th Arab Summit to be held in Tunisia.

Naqli indicated that “al-Quds Summit” in Saudi Arabia responsibly dealt with all the Arab, regional, and international issues, asserting that the Kingdom wants to serve the just and legitimate issues of the Ummah and promote joint Arab action in order to achieve security, stability and prosperity.

The Saudi ambassador stressed that the Kingdom was keen to play its humanitarian role by providing aid and assistance to alleviate the human suffering of the Arab people through its support to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), Syrian refugees in the Arab countries, and displaced citizens in Iraq.

He also indicated that Saudi Arabia provided over $13 billion in aid and assistance to Yemen.

The Arab Peace Initiative aims at establishing a just, comprehensive and lasting peace and restoring all legitimate Arab rights, he said, adding that Saudi Arabia categorically condemns and rejects any attempt to violate these rights on all the Arab territories occupied in 1967, including the Golan Heights, or any attempt to legitimize the occupation.

“We affirm that the US declaration is a clear violation of the UN Charter, the principles of international law and the relevant resolutions, including Security Council Resolutions 242 (1967) and 497 (1981),” reiterated the Ambassador.

He discussed that under the same principle of sovereignty and independence, security and stability, the Kingdom deals with the crises in Syria, Libya and Yemen.

He explained that by reviewing the crises in the Arab region, one can see that Iran is strongly inciting them and deepening the human suffering of the Arab peoples through its blatant interference in the internal affairs.

Tehran supports armed militias operating outside the framework of the legitimate authorities and aims to break up the national unity of Arab people, stressing that Iran’s aggressive policies also include the support of terrorist movements in the region and the manufacture of ballistic missiles.

The Arab States are now required to unite against this blatant Iranian interference and confront aiming at threatening the security and stability of the region, asserted the Ambassador.

In his speech, Naqli lauded the great success in defeating the terrorist organization ISIS in Syria and Iraq which confirms beyond any doubt that Arab solidarity and unity in all its forms contributed to the success in eliminating this threat until it is uprooted from the region and the world.

The Ambassador hoped to move ahead with the development of the Arab League, reforming its structure and system, and the finalization of the development project during the next session. The aim is to improve the performance of the Arab League and to enable it to overcome the challenges facing the region.

Asharq Al-Awsat

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