KSA: Goodwill needed for success of Iran N-deal

Updated 26 November 2013

KSA: Goodwill needed for success of Iran N-deal

Saudi Arabia on Monday welcomed the nuclear deal between world powers and Iran and hoped it would lead to a comprehensive solution to Tehran's controversial nuclear program.
In a statement, the Cabinet said that if there is “goodwill” the deal could lead to a Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction, a reference to Israel’s presumed arsenal.
"The Saudi government... sees that if there was goodwill, this agreement could represent a first step toward a comprehensive solution to the Iranian nuclear program if that led to the removal of weapons of mass destruction, especially nuclear weapons, from the Middle East and the Arab Gulf region," the Cabinet said following its weekly meeting in Riyadh.
Saudi Arabia has been worried about Iran's nuclear program, fearing it is a cover for an atomic weapons production. Iran maintains its nuclear activities are for peaceful purposes.
The Kingdom said it hoped that this agreement would be followed by further steps that would guarantee the rights of all states in the region to peaceful nuclear energy.
Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates have already issued statements welcoming the nuclear deal.
Sunday's agreement, reached after marathon talks in Geneva, was condemned by Israel as a “historic mistake” and said it would not be bound by it.

Saudi envoy to UN affirms Kingdom’s support for regional peace, security

Updated 3 min 47 sec ago

Saudi envoy to UN affirms Kingdom’s support for regional peace, security

  • Israel and Iran are causing unrest in the Middle East, Al-Mouallimi asserts

NEW YORK: Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the UN has affirmed the Kingdom’s commitment to international law and regional security, stability and peace.

Addressing the UN Security Council, Abdallah Al-Mouallimi said the entire world recognizes the imperative of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

But, he added, Israel continues to procrastinate in implementing relevant UN resolutions, refrains from recognizing the national rights of the Palestinian people, and has continued its provocations, the latest of which was the storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque on Eid Al-Adha, “an attack we condemn in the strongest terms.”

Al-Mouallimi urged the Security Council to reaffirm by all means the fundamental principles of international relations, and to reject occupation, violence, oppression, incitement and sedition by Israel and Iran, which he said are causing unrest in the Middle East.

He added that the Kingdom is always working to encourage development in the Middle East, and believes that comprehensive development in the region is the way to achieve stability, eliminate terrorism and alleviate conflicts.

“The Kingdom always seeks to extend cooperation and commitment to dialogue in order to solve problems through peaceful means, but at the same time stresses that the calls for dialogue should be consistent with the cessation of threats and interference in internal affairs and hostilities, such as attacks on diplomatic missions and attempts to assassinate diplomats, cyberattacks on infrastructure, propaganda campaigns, fueling strife and sectarianism, and supporting and sponsoring militias and terrorist organizations,” he said.

“Without a practical cessation of these practices, any call for dialogue is just a facade and a tool to achieve the goals of expansion and domination.”