Decision to cut Qatar ties in line with international law: Saudi Arabia

King Salman chairing the cabinet meeting on Monday in Jeddah. (SPA)
Updated 06 June 2017

Decision to cut Qatar ties in line with international law: Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Cabinet on Monday reiterated that the decision to sever diplomatic and consular ties with Qatar is in line with the Kingdom’s sovereign rights guaranteed by international law. It said that the step was taken to protect the Kingdom's national security against the dangers of terrorism and extremism.
The Cabinet in its weekly meeting chaired by King Salman affirmed that Saudi Arabia took this decision due to the grave violations committed by Qatari authorities — overtly and covertly — throughout the previous years, aiming to strike a wedge in the Saudi domestic ranks.
The Cabinet added that Doha instigated people to disobey the state and breach Saudi sovereignty by securing safe havens for numerous terrorist and sectarian groups trying to undermine the region’s stabilitiy.
The Cabinet confirmed that the Kingdom will remain supportive of the Qatari people and their security and stability regardless of the hostile acts committed by the authorities in Doha.


King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

Updated 21 November 2019

King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

  • Saudi Arabia has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies, king says
  • Kingdom also welcomed US decision to return Iran's Fordow nuclear facility to its sanctions list

RIYADH: Iran should abandon its expansionist ideology that has only “harmed” its own people, Saudi Arabia's King Salman said on Wednesday, following violent street protests in the Islamic republic.

A wave of demonstrations erupted in the sanctions-hit country on Friday after an announcement that petrol prices would be raised by as much as 200 percent with immediate effect.

“We hope the Iranian regime chooses the side of wisdom and realizes there is no way to overcome the international position that rejects its practices, without abandoning its expansionist and destructive thinking that has harmed its own people,” the king told the consultative Shoura Council.

“The kingdom has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies,” King Salman said, quoted by the foreign ministry, reiterating that Riyadh does not seek war but is “ready to defend its people.”

A satellite image from Sept. 15, 2017, of the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran. (Google Earth)

Saudi Arabia has welcomed Washington's decision to return the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran to the sanctions list. 

Washington said on Monday that it will no longer waive sanctions related to Iran’s Fordow nuclear plant after Tehran resumed uranium enrichment at the underground site. 

“The right amount of uranium enrichment for the world’s largest state sponsor of terror is zero ... There is no legitimate reason for Iran to resume enrichment at this previously clandestine site,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters earlier this week.