Saudi Arabia calls on international community not to transfer embassies to Jerusalem

The Permanent Representative of Saudi Arabia to the League of Arab States, Osama Naqli

Saudi Arabia called on the international community to implement the resolutions of international legitimacy, most recently Security Council resolution 2334 (2016) condemning Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territories and the confiscation of land. The countries also demanded that Israel not be transferred to Jerusalem or recognized as the capital of Israel.

Saudi Arabia stressed the importance of a comprehensive and lasting peace in the Middle East as a strategic Arab option embodied in the Arab peace initiative adopted by all Arab countries at the Beirut Summit in 2002 and supported by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

This came in a speech delivered by the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Egypt and the Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the League of Arab States, Osama Naqli, who headed the Saudi delegation to the fifth session of the Strategic Political Dialogue at the senior officials’ level and the 16th session of the Senior Officials Meeting of the Arab-Chinese forum hosted by the UAE, over two days, and concluded its activities earlier today.

The ambassador, Osama Naqli said that the Palestinian issue is the first Arab central issue through which we affirm the importance of a comprehensive and lasting peace in the Middle East as a strategic Arab option embodied in the Arab Peace Initiative adopted by all Arab countries at the 2002 Beirut Summit and supported by the Islamic Cooperation Organization, in which we rejected the American decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and all the unilateral Israeli steps aimed at changing facts on the ground and undermining the two-state solution.

He will not undermine the Kingdom’s support for the political process in Yemen and will not undermine the efforts of the Arab coalition to support the legitimacy in Yemen and end the Yemeni crisis on the basis of the Gulf initiative and its executive mechanisms and the outcomes of the National Dialogue Conference, and Security Council resolution no. 2216, while welcoming resolution no. 2452 establishing the United Nations Support Mission to the Hodeidah Agreement as provided for in the Stockholm Agreement.

The ambassador, Osama Naqli praised Egypt’s keenness to abide by international law and international humanitarian law in its military operations despite all the serious terrorist acts and provocations against the Yemeni people and the security of the coalition countries, the most recent terrorist attack of which was on Abha International Airport, and endangering air navigation and the lives of innocent civilians, which amounts to a war crime.

“The blatant interference by Iran in the internal affairs of the Arab countries violates the rules of international law, the principle of good neighborliness, and the sovereignty of states,” Osama Naqli said, expressing the Saudi rejection of Iranian interference in the internal affairs of the Arab countries and condemning all its aggressive attempts to destabilize peace and security in the region and the world.

Saudi Arabia also condemns Iranian sectarian violence in Arab countries, including its support and arming of terrorist militias in a number of Arab countries, stressing firmly and strongly against any Iranian attempts to threaten energy security and the freedom and safety of maritime installations in the Arabian Gulf and other waterways, whether carried out by Iran or through its arms in the region.

Naqli re-confirmed the Saudi position in support of the political solution to the Syrian crisis in order to build a new Syrian state in order to achieve the aspirations of the Syrian people, preserve the unity of the country, protect its sovereignty and independence, and end the presence of all external forces and sectarian terrorist groups, based on Geneva-1 in particular the resolution no. 2254 of 2015.

On the Libyan issue, the head of the Saudi delegation in the meeting emphasized the importance of supporting the Libyan legal institutions and efforts to reach an agreement that ends the crisis through national reconciliation in accordance with the Skhirat agreement, praising the role of Libyan neighboring countries and calling on them to continue supporting the path of Political settlement in Libya, stressing stand with Libya in its efforts to defeat the terrorist gangs and eradicate the threat it poses to Libya and its neighbors.

On the Sudanese issue, Osama Naqli said in his speech: “We support the choices of the Sudanese people and what they decide on their future. We call upon all the Sudanese parties to continue the constructive dialogue for the maintenance of security in the Sudan, with our support for the peaceful transfer of power and stability and sustainable development. Calling on the international community to write off Sudan’s external debts and to lift economic sanctions, and remove its name from the list of state sponsors of terrorism; being a pivotal state contributing to the maintenance of peace and security in its regional environment and in the world.