Riyadh: Deal first step to end Iranian nuclear plan

Updated 28 November 2013
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Riyadh: Deal first step to end Iranian nuclear plan

Saudi Arabia on Monday cautiously welcomed the Geneva deal reached between Western powers and Iran, describing it as a possible initial step toward reaching a comprehensive solution to Tehran’s controversial nuclear program.
“If there is goodwill, then this agreement could be an initial step toward reaching a comprehensive solution to Iran's nuclear program,” the Cabinet said, expressing hope that the accord would also lead to the removal of weapons of mass destruction, especially nuclear weapons, from the Middle East and Arab Gulf region.
It was Saudi Arabia’s first official reaction to Sunday’s deal. GCC countries had previously expressed unease about the US outreach to Iran, as they generally view any normalizing of ties between Tehran and the West as a direct threat to their own stability.
In a statement issued after the Cabinet meeting, which was chaired by Crown Prince Salman, Saudi Arabia also hoped that the accord would lead to “important steps” that ensure the rights of all countries in the region to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.
The Arab League expressed hope that the pact would encourage the international community to take effective steps for making the Middle East free of nuclear and mass destruction weapons. “The international community, especially the permanent members of the UN Security Council should deal with Israeli nuclear arms with the same concern to prevent spread of such weapons,” the league said.
Kuwait’s Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Khaled Al-Jarallah said he hoped the agreement “would pave the way for a permanent accord that would defuse tension and preserve the stability and security of the region,” state news agency KUNA reported.
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Saudi aid center delegation takes part in UN humanitarian affairs meetings

A delegation from the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSRelief) participated in the meeting of the humanitarian affairs section of the UN Economic and Social Council, in New York on Tuesday. (SPA)
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Saudi aid center delegation takes part in UN humanitarian affairs meetings

A delegation from the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) was in New York on Tuesday to enhance the efficiency of humanitarian action and raise the capacities of affected and needy peoples.

The delegation participated with the Permanent Mission of Saudi Arabia to the UN in the meetings of the humanitarian affairs section of the UN Economic and Social Council, which are held annually.

The center was represented by spokesman Dr. Samer Al-Jatili, and Director of Partnerships and International Relations Dr. Yahya Al-Shammari.

This year’s meetings dealt with topics focused on making humanitarian action more systematic and coordinated.

Earlier, Saudi Arabia’s UN Ambassador Abdallah Al-Mouallimi met the delegation of KSRelief to discuss the delegation’s participation in the Council.

On Tuesday, a relief convoy of 15 trains from KSRelief moved from Jazan, targeting the people of the governorate of Hodeidah with basic foodstuff and medicines.

The head of the emergency relief department at the center, Fahad Al-Osaimi, said the convoy was carrying 284 tons of basic food baskets and 95 tons of medicines.