Saudi Arabia calls for end to Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories

Dr. AbdulAziz Al-Rukabi, adviser to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stressed that Saudi Arabia’s position on the Palestinian issue was firm and unwavering. (AFP)
Updated 09 November 2018
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Saudi Arabia calls for end to Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories

  • A UN resolution emphasizes the principle of the permanent sovereignty of peoples under occupation over their natural resources

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia has welcomed today’s resolution titled: The Permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources.
The resolution emphasizes the principle of the permanent sovereignty of peoples under occupation over their natural resources. It also sheds light on the exploitation of the Israeli occupation of natural resources on the Palestinian territories and other Arab territories occupied by Israel since 1967.
During the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, Dr. AbdulAziz Al-Rukabi, adviser to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in his speech: “The Kingdom calls upon all countries of the world to be rational and respect the values and humanitarian principles of the United Nations and it urges them to unanimously endorse this important resolution, in order to end the long-term suffering of the Palestinian people that engendered many tragedies and disasters that went beyond the Palestinian people and reached the villages, lands, farms, fields, Islamic sanctity and every living creature.”
Rukabi pointed out that the Israeli occupation was tyrannical and despotic; the settlement projects and the burning of agricultural lands by the settlers, have expanded in a blatant manner that defies all international treaties and norms. It is time for these manipulative actions to stop, and it is time to respect and abide by human rights. The establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital has become the best strategic choice to ensure peace in the region.
He also stressed that Saudi Arabia’s position on the Palestinian issue was firm and unwavering, rejecting Israeli policies that do not respect international laws and norms. He also called for ending the Israeli occupation and finding a comprehensive, lasting and fair solution based on the two-state solution and establishing an independent State of Palestine as of June 4, 1967, having Jerusalem as its capital.


US puts up $10m reward for Hezbollah information

Updated 23 April 2019
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US puts up $10m reward for Hezbollah information

  • The money is for anyone who provides intelligence that allows the US to disrupt Hezbollah in key ways

WASHINGTON: The US on Monday offered a $10 million reward for information that would disrupt the finances of Lebanon’s Shiite militant movement Hezbollah.
The State Department said it would give the money to anyone who provides intelligence that allows the US to disrupt Hezbollah in key ways.
The areas include information on Hezbollah’s donors, on financial institutions that assist its transactions and on businesses controlled by the movement.
President Donald Trump’s administration has put a top priority on reducing the influence of Iran, the primary backer of Hezbollah.
The State Department listed three alleged Hezbollah financiers as examples of activities it was seeking to stop, with one, Ali Youssef Charara, allegedly funding the group by investing millions of dollars from Hezbollah in the telecommunications industry in West Africa.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has pointed to a recent appeal by Hezbollah for donations as a sign of US success in curbing Iran.
On a visit last month to Beirut, Pompeo urged Lebanon to counter the “dark ambitions” of Iran and Hezbollah but was rebuffed by Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, who said Hezbollah was not a terrorist group and enjoyed a wide base.
The United States has vowed for decades to fight Shiite militants in Lebanon, with memories still bitter over the 1983 attack on a military barracks in Beirut that killed 241 Americans.
Hezbollah, however, also functions as a political party, with posts in the current cabinet, and enjoys support among some Lebanese who recall its guerrilla campaign that led Israel to withdraw from the country in 2000.