King Salman bin Abdulaziz chairs a cabinet session. (SPA)

November 12, 2020

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, urged the world on Thursday to take “a decisive stance” to address efforts by Iran to develop nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

“The Kingdom stresses the dangers of Iran’s regional project, its interference in other countries, its fostering of terrorism, its fanning the flames of sectarianism and calls for a decisive stance from the international community against Iran that guarantees a drastic handling of its efforts to obtain weapons of mass destruction and develop its ballistic missiles program,” King Salman said.

He inaugurated virtually the works of the 1st year of the 8th session of the Shura Council, in the presence of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense.

The King addressed Council members from his palace in Neom.

He condemned the Iran-backed terrorist Houthi militias for violating international laws and customary rules by launching bomb-laden UAVs and ballistic missiles towards civilians in the Kingdom.

He expressed support for the Yemeni people so that the country can regain its full sovereignty and independence.

“The Kingdom affirms its continued support for the Palestinian people to establish their independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital, in accordance with international legitimacy decisions and the Arab Peace Initiative,” he said.

King Salman also backed peace efforts through negotiations between the Palestinians and Israel to reach a just and lasting agreement.

“We stand with Iraq and its people, and support the efforts of its government for stability, growth and preservation of its position in its Arab environment, and strengthening of relations between the two brotherly countries and cooperation in various fields through the Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council,” he said.

He also expressed support for a peaceful solution in Syria in line with Security Council Resolution 2254 and the Geneva 1 process, stressing that militias and mercenaries must leave Syria.

On Libya, he lauded the permanent agreement on a UN-mediated ceasefire by joint Libyan military committees.

He looked forward for a new era of security, peace, sovereignty and stability for Libya and its people, and called for an end to external interference in Libyan affairs.

Riyadh was working to guarantee the stability of global oil supplies to serve both producers and consumers, despite Covid-19’s impact on oil markets, the King said.

“We are pleased that the Kingdom today has become the most advanced and reforming country out of 190 countries, according to the World Bank,” he said.

Saudi Arabia has ranked first in the Gulf and second in the Arab world in the World Bank’s report “Women, Business and the Law 2020,” he added.

Asharq Al-Awsat

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