Saudi FM says solution to Qatar crisis is in Doha's hands

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir. (SPA file photo)
Updated 19 September 2017
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Saudi FM says solution to Qatar crisis is in Doha's hands

JEDDAH: Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir on Monday said the solution to the crisis Qatar is facing is in Doha's hands.
Speaking in New York after a meeting with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, Al-Jubeir pointed out that Qatar's failure to stop supporting terrorism and interfering in the internal affairs of other countries of the region was what triggered the crisis, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said.
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates severed diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar on June 5, alleging that Doha had been financing terrorist organizations and even giving refuge to their members.
Attempts by the Emir of Kuwait to mediate had been unsuccessful so far, with Doha thumbing its nose on the Anti-Terror Quartet and even restoring full diplomatic ties with Iran, which had been accused by the Gulf Cooperating Council (GCC) of fomenting chaos in the region.
In their meeting on Monday, Al-Jubeir and Guterres discussed recent developments in Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Myanmar, SPA said.
They also discussed the close relations between the UN and Saudi Arabia, which is a partner and supportive of its initiatives.
The meeting was attended by Prince Khalid Bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Saudi ambassador of the US, and Saudi Ambassador to the UN Abdullah Al-Mu'alimi.


Saudi ambassador to US: Establishing peace is one of the pillars of Kingdom’s foreign policy

Updated 20 September 2018
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Saudi ambassador to US: Establishing peace is one of the pillars of Kingdom’s foreign policy

Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States, Prince Khalid bin Salman, said the signing of the peace agreement between Ethiopia and Eritrea is part of the kingdom’s foreign policy in establishing peace and stability.

“The Kingdom has always been the cornerstone of peace in the region and the world, and has spared no effort in many countries, foremost among them Palestine, Lebanon, Afghanistan and many others,” the ambassador said.

“As some countries begin to cultivate sectarian divisions, the kingdom seeks to resolve their disputes,” he added.

He expressed his thanks to the UAE in their efforts in the signing of the peace deal between the two countries.

The ambassador pointed out that the security of the Red Sea, especially the Bab Al Mandab Strait and the Horn of Africa, is one of the Kingdom’s security concerns, regionally and globally.

The ambassador stressed the Kingdom’s continued efforts to preserve security in this region from external threats, including Iranian-backed militias as well as piracy.