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Saudi Arabia affirms ‘adherence to Mideast peace’ through two-state solution

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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has affirmed that Adherence to peace based on the two-state solution according to the international references, affirmed Saudi Arabia at the United Nations.

The Kingdom also emphaised that the Arab peace initiative is “a strategic option to find a comprehensive and just solution to the Palestinian issue and end the Arab-Israeli conflict,” according to a report by Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

This came in the Kingdom’s speech on Monday before the UN Security Council session in the open debate on “The situation in the Middle East and North Africa” delivered by the Deputy Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations Dr. Khalid Manzlawi.

“The Palestinian people have suffered a long period of unjust occupation, oppressive and racist policies of oppression and illegal settlement incursions,” Dr. Manzlawi said, adding that Saudi Arabia is still in solidarity with the Palestinian cause.

A donation of $50 million was provided by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) during the 29th Arab Summit (Jerusalem Summit) held in Dhahran.

Restoring legitimacy in Yemen

Dr. Manzlawi said that the Kingdom is working with its coalition partners to restore legitimacy in Yemen, a military operation aimed at saving the Yemeni people from the dark forces, and restoring some areas from the grip of the Iranian-backed terrorist militias. The military operation was undertaken at the request of the legitimate Government of Yemen and in accordance with Security Council resolution 2216, which calls, among other things, for the withdrawal of Houthi rebels from all cities, he added.

Dr. Manzlawi said that Iran continues to support the forces of rebellion and the coup of the Houthi militias in Yemen and supply them with weapons, including the missiles to attack Saudi Arabia from time to time, reporting that the number of rocket attacks on Saudi Arabia has reached 155.

Dr. Manzlawi said that Saudi Arabia condemns the planting of thousands of mines by the Houthis in Yemen in general and Al-Hodeidah in particular in a reckless manner, adding, that the Kingdom has on Monday launched a project for landmine clearance (MASAM) with a total cost $40 million.

The Saudi Deputy Permanent Representative said that the Kingdom strongly condemns the attacks by Houthi militias on the aid supplies from United Nations organizations and aid agencies and on workers since the year 2015 as they detained 19 aid vessels carrying 200,000 tons of oil derivatives, affirming that the most human degradation is in the areas controlled by the Houthis.

Syrian issue

On the Syrian issue, Dr. Manzlawi pointed out that the Kingdom has provided $100 million to alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people at the conference to support the future of Syria and the region, which was held in Brussels at the end of April this year, and provided Syrians inside Syria and neighboring countries about one billion dollars. The Kingdom received about 2.4 million Syrian citizens since the outbreak of the crisis in Syria.

The Deputy Permanent Representative of the Kingdom to the United Nations concluded that the Kingdom reiterates the need to stop this tragedy against the Syrian people and to work towards a peaceful solution based on the principles of the Geneva Declaration 1 and UN Security Council Resolution 2254 and the importance of the international community’s responsibilities to protect civilians in Syria.