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Saudi Arabian, Austrian FMs hold joint press conference in Vienna

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Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan on Tuesday said the Kingdom has a common vision with Austria regarding the stability of the region in a joint press conference with his Austrian counterpart Alexander Schallenberg in Vienna.

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Schallenberg said Saudi Arabia is his country’s largest partner in the Middle East.

“Saudi Arabia plays a pivotal and important role in the region,” Schallenberg said.

When it comes to the Iran-backed Houthi militia, the Austrian foreign minister said that their attacks on the Kingdom are “unacceptable,” adding that the Houthis must return to the negotiating table.

“We support the return, consolidation and implementation of the nuclear agreement with Iran,” the Austrian foreign minister said.

“We presented a strategic initiative for a ceasefire in Yemen,” Prince Faisal said, adding that the Houthis rejected the ceasefire initiative in Yemen and deliberately escalated and attacked Marib.

The Saudi foreign minister said the Kingdom is keen to stop the war in Yemen.

“I spoke in Austria about Iranian interference in the region,” Prince Faisal said, adding the Kingdom holds Iran responsible for its nuclear activities.

Prince Faisal said the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) role in Iran’s nuclear file is “crucial.”

In terms of climate change, the Saudi foreign minister said the Kingdom is “committed with the international community to address the challenge of climate change.”

“Saudi Arabia’s environmental initiatives have affected us greatly,” the Austrian foreign minister said, adding that Saudi Arabia’s Green Initiative is an important step.

Schallenberg said there are “developments taking place in Saudi Arabia in several areas, and we support them.”

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister discussed with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief “the importance of imposing the necessary mechanisms for a rapid and comprehensive inspection of all Iranian nuclear sites,” the foreign ministry wrote in a tweet on Monday.

During the meeting, Prince Faisal and IAEA’s Rafael Grossi discussed the most prominent developments towards the Iranian nuclear program and the significant requirements needed to stop Iranian violations and policies of international laws and norms that destabilize the security and stability of the region and the world.

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