Saudi Arabia Confirms “the Palestinian issue is of high priority for us”

Saudi Arabia's permanent representative to the U.N., Abdullah Al-Moalami

Saudi Arabia stresses the right of the Palestinian people to an independent State with Jerusalem as its capital in its word in the UN Security Council session held Monday evening, under the title “The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian issue”.

“Saudi Arabia affirms that the Palestinian issue is its paramount concern and that any proposed solution discarding the right of the Palestinians to establish their independent state within the borders of June 4, 1967 with Jerusalem as its capital will not succeed.” Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the U.N., Abdullah AlMoalami, said.

At the outset of his speech, Al-Moalami congratulated the representative of the Federal Republic of Germany on the presidency of the Security Council for this month. He said that the resolutions of the United Nations, especially the resolutions of the Security Council, constitute the basis of the law that governs relations between the Member States to maintain the noble objectives of this Organization of maintaining the international peace and security, ending the occupation, and granting peoples the right to self-determination.

The violation of the Religious Sanctities

He said that Israel has clearly failed to implement its pledges and commitments under the Charter of the United Nations in its continued flagrant violation of human rights. He pointed out that the latest illegal practice of Israel was the imposition a law allowing the occupation authorities to seize the allowances and funds of the families of Palestinian martyrs and captives, as well as its continued construction of settlements on the Palestinian land and the violation of the religious sanctities.

The Occupied Golan

Al-Moalami underlined that Saudi Arabia will remain committed to the international legal frameworks represented by the relevant Security Council Resolutions and the Arab Peace Initiative. The Kingdom reaffirms the importance of protecting the Palestinian people, protecting occupied Jerusalem, preserving its Arab, Islamic, and Christian identity and its legal and historical status and that Israel should end its occupation of all Arab territories, including the Sheba’a farms and other occupied Lebanese territories.

Al-Moalami also highlighted that Saudi Arabia affirms its firm situation on the Syrian Arab Golan as an occupied territory in accordance with Security Council resolutions nos. 242 (1967) and 497 (1981) and rejects any decision to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights and that recognition does not change the legal status of the occupied Syrian Arab Golan.

Solutions to Syria crisis

He said that the Kingdom supports the efforts of the Special Envoy for Syria to resolve the Syrian crisis and hopes that the Syrians will be able to reach the appropriate drafting for the proposed constitutional committee, which is charged with drafting a new Syrian constitution that guarantees equality for the Syrian people and fulfills their aspirations for freedom and dignity, drawing the attention to the need to put an end to the suffering of prisoners, abductees, and absentees and the importance of their release or to clarify the facts surrounding their lives, and that this must be humane concern, not subject to bargaining or bidding.

Iran Blatant Extensions and Interventions

“Iran continues its provocative expansionist approach in the Middle East, beginning with its support for the Lebanese Hezbollah’s involvement in the fighting in Syria to its support for the Houthi militias in Yemen, which is still lagging behind in the implementation of the Stockholm Conventions,” he said.

He also added: “We commend the United States of America for its classification of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and Hezbollah as terrorist organizations, as well as the British decision to classify Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. We call on the Security Council to take the necessary steps to include these two entities as well as the Houthi militias on international terrorism lists. We also call upon the Security Council to be bold and courageous to name the parties impeding the peace process in Yemen, the first of which is Iran, which continues to supply the Houthis with weapons in flagrant violation of Security Council resolutions nos. 2216 and 2140, and my Government stresses the importance of reaching a comprehensive political solution in Yemen in accordance with the relevant Security Council resolutions, in particular the resolution no. 2216, the GCC initiative, and the outcomes of Yemen’s national dialogue, and the implementation of the Stockholm Convention as a first step towards a comprehensive political solution.”

At the end of his word, Al-Moalami pointed out that the peoples of the region have long suffered from repeated conflicts and wars imposed on them from abroad, especially the Israeli occupation in Palestine and the attempts of Iranian hegemony in the Arabian Gulf, stressing that the time has come to the region to get rid of occupation and hegemony and to achieve freedom and prosperity, and the Kingdom will always be the first to support the peoples and their choices and alleviate their suffering as it does now in Yemen, Sudan, Libya, and Syria.