Two-state solution is still a possibility, says Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia stresses the importance of the international community’s responsibilities to protect civilians in Syria. (AFP/File)
Updated 27 June 2018
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Two-state solution is still a possibility, says Saudi Arabia

  • The Kingdom has provided $100 million to alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people at the conference to support the future of Syria and the region
  • Saudi Arabia reiterates the need to stop this tragedy against the Syrian people

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has affirmed that adherence to peace based on the two-state solution according to the Arab peace initiative is a way to find a solution to the Palestinian issue and to end the Arab-Israeli conflict.

This came in the Kingdom’s speech on Tuesday before the UN Security Council session in the open debate on “The situation in the Middle East and North Africa” delivered by the deputy permanent representative of Saudi Arabia to the UN, Dr. Khalid Manzlawi.

“The Palestinian people have suffered a long period of unjust occupation, oppressive and racist policies of oppression and illegal settlement incursions,” Manzlawi said, adding that Saudi Arabia is still in solidarity with the Palestinian cause. A donation of $50 million was provided by the Kingdom to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees during the 29th Arab Summit (Jerusalem Summit) held in Dhahran.

Manzlawi said the Kingdom is working with its coalition partners to restore legitimacy in Yemen, a military operation aimed at saving the Yemeni people from the dark forces and restoring some areas from the grip of the Iranian-backed terrorist militias. 

The military operation was undertaken at the request of the legitimate government of Yemen and in accordance with Security Council Resolution 2216, which calls for, among other things, the withdrawal of Houthi rebels from all cities, he added.

Iran continues to support the forces of rebellion and the coup of the Houthi militias in Yemen and supply them with weapons, including the missiles that attack Saudi Arabia from time to time, said Manzlawi, reporting that the number of rocket attacks on the Kingdom has reached 155.

Manzlawi said Saudi Arabia condemns the reckless planting of thousands of mines by the Houthis in Yemen in general and Hodeidah in particular. The Kingdom has launched a $40 million project for landmine clearance.

He said the Kingdom strongly condemns the attacks by the Houthi militias on UN aid organizations, agencies and workers since 2015 as they detained 19 aid vessels carrying 200,000 tons of oil derivatives. And he affirmed that the most human degradation is in the areas controlled by the Houthis.

On the Syrian issue, Manzlawi pointed out that the Kingdom has provided $100 million to alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people at the conference to support the future of Syria and the region, which was held in Brussels at the end of April this year, and provided Syrian brothers inside Syria and neighboring countries with about $1 billion.

Manzlawi concluded that the Kingdom reiterates the need to stop this tragedy against the Syrian people and to work toward a peaceful solution based on the principles of the Geneva Declaration 1 and UN Security Council Resolution 2254. He also stressed the importance of the international community’s responsibilities to protect civilians in Syria.


Saudi Arabia’s social protection system to ensure equitable distribution

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Saudi Arabia’s social protection system to ensure equitable distribution

  • Al-Manzalawi: Saudi Arabia had finished developing a comprehensive strategy to deal with poverty
  • Integration of disabled people in labor market top priority, UN meeting told
JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has told a UN meeting that it has developed a system of social protection to protect low-income families in cooperation with government agencies.
The system will give priority to eradicating poverty and raising the standard of living within three main areas: Social assistance, social insurance and labor market programs.
The news came in a speech delivered by the deputy permanent representative of Saudi Arabia to the UN, Dr. Khalid Al-Manzalawi, during the general debate at the 57th session of the UN Commission for Social Development.
“The Kingdom is currently undertaking several economic reforms to reduce the fiscal deficit, stimulate non-oil revenues and reduce subsidies and tax legislation,” he said.
Al-Manzalawi added that poverty is one of the most important global problems, to the extent that the UN has made addressing it one of its priorities, developing 17 development programs that aim to lift societies out of such hardship.
“Looking closely, we note that the problem is not just economic, but is highly related to social, cultural, legal and political changes,” he said. “Therefore, poverty differs from one society to another, and so does the way of dealing with it. However, there are common strategic foundations that can be adopted by all societies to solve this problem, though they can be implemented in different methods and mechanisms.”
He said that the Kingdom had finished developing a comprehensive strategy to deal with poverty. This strategy includes initiatives and projects that will contribute to improving living standards.
He said that the Kingdom has taken many measures to promote social security for people with disabilities and achieve their social integration. The Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs also supervises the work of 38 rehabilitation shelters for people with special needs and the Kingdom is home to 44 specialized associations and 347 day-care centers that serve disabled people of all ages.
He said that the Kingdom has developed a national plan for people with disabilities. This covers 23 initiatives aimed at taking care of them, developing a standard classification for disabilities and national databases that constitute the reference point to follow up on related regulations and policies, along with leading the implementation of the work plan and empowering, raising awareness and providing support and consultation.
One of the 37 objectives of the National Transformation Program 2020 is to empower the integration of disabled people in the labor market.
In his speech before the UN, Al-Manzalawi said: “The Kingdom has promoted women’s place by developing their potentials and investment to activate their role on the local and international levels.
“Vision 2030 sheds light on the efforts needed to guarantee women empowerment in societal and economic development and present them as influential and effective members on all levels.”
He also highlighted the Kingdom’s commitment to investing in the education sector, where it has provided free education at all levels in the Kingdom, including higher education.
Al-Manzalawi ended his speech by stressing that the Kingdom will always work with the UN and the international community to achieve the objectives of Sustainable Development 2030 and a bright future for future generations.