Saudi King Says UN Kingdom Supports Efforts To Prevent Iran From Nuclear
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Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz told the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday that his kingdom supports efforts to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, as world leaders prepare to resume talks with Tehran to restore a 2015 nuclear pact.
“The kingdom insists on the importance of keeping the Middle East free from weapons of mass destruction, on this basis, we support international efforts to prevent Iran from having nuclear weapons,” he said. said in a pre-recorded video at the annual rally.
“Iran is a neighboring country, and we hope that our first talks with it will lead to concrete results in building confidence … based on … respect for sovereignty and non-interference in internal affairs.” .
His remarks followed a call by Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi to resume nuclear talks with world powers that would lead to the lifting of US sanctions.
King Salman also pledged at the UNGA that Saudi Arabia would remain one of the main international donors in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic and other humanitarian crises despite the country’s economic difficulties.
He said $ 800 million in Saudi donations were already helping poor countries fight Covid-19 and that the kingdom would continue to pay despite its shrinking coffers.
“Despite our economic challenges, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia continues to be engaged in its development and humanitarian role in helping the most needy and most affected states to cope with national natural disasters and crises. humanitarian aid ”, declared the king.
Riyadh, like most oil producers, has been hit by the double shock of Covid-19 and record oil prices. The economy has rebounded this year, however, amid easing coronavirus restrictions, vaccine rollouts and higher crude prices.
From Iraq to Syria and Libya, the kingdom will strive to find peaceful solutions to the problems, including the hydroelectric dam being built by Ethiopia on the Nile that has upset its downstream neighbors, the Egypt and Sudan, said the king.
“The kingdom’s foreign policy gives top priority to entrenching peace, security and stability and supporting dialogue and peaceful solutions,” King Salman said.
“We want to create conditions conducive to development and which fulfill the aspirations of the people for a better future in the Middle East.
– Reuters contributed to this report.
Updated: September 22, 2021, 7:15 PM