Saudi Arabia’s Cabinet refuses to “legitimize” settlements in West Bank

Saudi Arabia's cabinet held a session in Riyadh on Tuesday (SPA)

Saudi Arabia’s cabinet, in its session in Riyadh on Tuesday, chaired by King Salman bin Abdulaziz renewed Saudi Arabia’s utter rejection of US government statements on Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

The Cabinet also affirmed that Israel’s construction of settlements on Palestinian territories is contrary to the resolutions of international legitimacy and international law, pointing out that achieving lasting peace requires the Palestinian people to have their full legitimate rights, in accordance with the Arab Peace Initiative and the resolutions of international legitimacy.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday that his country no longer considers Israeli settlements “inconsistent with international law” in a shift in Washington’s foreign policy.

Saudi Arabia’s Cabinet Slams Iran for Ongoing Breaches of Nuclear Deal

King Salman bin Abdulaziz chairs a cabinet meeting in Riyadh. (SPA)

In addition, Saudi Arabia’s Cabinet condemned Iran for its continued violations of the 2015 nuclear deal and other international conventions and treaties related to its nuclear program.

The Cabinet also welcomed the statement of the Joint Ministerial Statement of the three European parties to the Agreement, the representative of the European Union, and the US decision to end the exemption of Iran’s Fordow nuclear facility from sanctions.

The Cabinet stressed the need for the international community to take a similar firm stance towards Iran’s excesses as it undermines international security and peace.

On the other hand, the Cabinet approved a memorandum of understanding on political consultations between the Saudi and Kyrgyz foreign ministries.

Saudi Internal Affairs

With regard to Saudi internal affairs, the cabinet paid tribute to King Salman’s annual address to the Shura Council last week, hailing his highlighting of the Kingdom’s firm internal and foreign policies, which trace back their roots to the Kingdom’s founder King Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman.

The cabinet also congratulated the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on the 50th anniversary of its establishment.

The OIC has strived to safeguard the interests of the Muslim nation, transforming into the second largest organization in the world after the United Nations.