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Foreign Minister Says Palestinian Cause Stands as KSA Priority Case, Calls on Int’l Community to Stop Houthi Militia’s Attacks targeting Civilians

Cairo, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Dr. Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al-Assaf stressed that the Palestinian cause is a priority case for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), emphasizing the keenness of the Kingdom's government on the unity, sovereignty and safety of Arab lands, in general, and the security of the Arabian Gulf, in particular.

Addressing the 152 Ordinary Session of the Council of the Arab League, held at the level of foreign ministers here today, he said that: The Palestinian issue is the first issue of Saudi Arabia since the era of the founder King Abdulaziz, and until the current era of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, underscoring that the Kingdom will continue to support the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people and adherence to the Arab peace initiative, adopted by the Arab League, in 2002, and welcomed by the international community.

He added that the Kingdom reaffirms the need to revive the negotiations of the Middle East peace process, in accordance with the resolutions of international legitimacy and the Arab peace initiative, and calls on the international community to shoulder its responsibilities towards restoring Palestinian rights and intervening to stop the aggressive practices against the Palestinian people.

KSA does not accept any prejudice threatening the stability of the region and seeks to find peaceful solutions to crises in some Arab countries, he stated.

Dr. Ibrahim Al-Assaf said that since the outbreak of the Syrian crisis, the Kingdom called for adherence to the Geneva Declaration No. 1 and Security Council Resolution No. 2254 and to cooperate fully with the UN envoy to Syria, pointing out that with regard to the crisis in Yemen, the Kingdom is the biggest supporter to settle the crisis.

Since the beginning of the crisis, the Kingdom has provided more than $14.5 billion to help Yemen's brothers and alleviate human suffering, in the country.

Reiterating the appeal to the international community to work harder to stop the Iranian-backed Houthi militias from their repeated attacks with missiles and drones, he pointed out that they are targeting populated areas, airports and civilian facilities, in the Kingdom.

Regarding the Libyan crisis, he said that the Kingdom continues to call on the brothers, in Libya, to exercise restraint and to give the highest interest by preserving the unity and territorial integrity of Libya and establishing a genuine national dialogue, leading to a comprehensive peace between the Libyan brothers.

On The Sudan, the Foreign Minister affirmed that the Kingdom supports the efforts of the brothers, in Sudan, to achieve all that would guarantee their security and stability, and appreciates all efforts made to overcome the difficult stage by signing the historic Khartoum political agreement, and welcomed in this context the formation of the transitional government announced by the Premier Dr. Abdullah Hamdouk.

Source: Saudi Press Agency