Regional Meddling Destabilizing the Region, Saudi FM

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah stated on Monday that foreign meddling in Arab internal affairs were playing a destabilizing role; through supporting armed terrorist militias and stoking sectarian and ethnic divisions.

Speaking before an Arab-Chinese ministerial virtual meeting, he stressed that such meddling demands a “serious stance” from the international community.

Saudi Arabia underscores the unity and sovereignty of Arab territories, he added. He also said that Riyadh does not interfere in their internal affairs and opposes anything that destabilizes the region.

Moreover, Prince Faisal remarked that Arab-Chinese cooperation was growing stronger; noting that it is based on each side “respecting international law, the sovereignty and independence of nations and resolving conflicts through peaceful means.”

He said that both sides are keen on “expanding and deepening” cooperation in order to achieve mutual interests.

“Joint efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic comes among the fruits of this cooperation,” he noted.

Prince Faisal hailed Beijing for its support to the Palestinian people’s rights, the 2002 Arab peace initiative and two-state solution.

On Saudi-Chinese relations, the minister said they are bound by “growing ties of friendship in all fields; which will pave the way for a comprehensive strategic partnership.”

Beijing is Riyadh’s greatest trade partner, he also noted; representing 13 percent of the Kingdom’s exports and 15 percent of its imports.