Saudi UN envoy stresses need to eliminate nuclear weapons

It is clear to everyone that nuclear reactors pose a threat even if they are used for peaceful purposes. (AP)
Updated 28 September 2018

Saudi UN envoy stresses need to eliminate nuclear weapons

  • Iran used revenues from the lifting of sanctions to continue destabilizing the region

JEDDAH: The Saudi ambassador to the UN, Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, has stressed the importance of efforts to eliminate nuclear weapons.
The international community needs to adopt existing treaties, as well as legal and ethical frameworks, aimed at achieving a world free of nuclear weapons, he said.
“It is clear to everyone that nuclear reactors pose a threat even if they are used for peaceful purposes, especially if these reactors lack nuclear safety and security standards,” he added.
He expressed Saudi concern over Iran’s Bushehr nuclear reactor, located no more than 200 km from the Arabian Gulf coast, “especially as it is located on an active seismic line.”
Al-Mouallimi said: “Any radiation leakage will expose the region to serious danger to the air, desalination plants and food.”
He called on the international community, the UN and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to urge Iran to comply with international law and nuclear safety standards.
He also urged the IAEA to issue periodic reports of countries’ readiness to cope with possible disasters caused by leakages in nuclear reactors, so as not to repeat the Chernobyl disaster.
Saudi support for the Iran nuclear deal was based on the Kingdom’s belief in the need to limit the spread of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East and worldwide, he said.
But Iran used revenues from the lifting of sanctions to continue destabilizing the region, especially by developing ballistic missiles and supporting terrorist groups, including Hezbollah and the Houthis, who target civilians in the Kingdom and Yemen and repeatedly threaten international shipping lanes, he added.
Al-Mouallimi urged the international community to adopt a firm and united stance toward Iran and its destabilization of the region.
He called on Tehran to stop supporting terrorism, abide by UN Security Council resolutions on ballistic missiles, and stop interfering in the affairs of other countries in the region.


Wait is almost over for music fans eager to learn who will headline E-Prix concerts

Updated 13 November 2019

Wait is almost over for music fans eager to learn who will headline E-Prix concerts

  • Organizers promise this year’s line-up of international stars at Diriyah event will be bigger than ever

RIYADH: The first of the major international music acts that will perform at the Diriyah E-Prix this month will be announced on Wednesday.

There were incredible scenes at the event last year when David Guetta, One Republic, the Black Eyed Peas, Amr Diab, Enrique Iglesias and Jason Derulo rocked the UNESCO World Heritage site. About 40,000 fans flocked to the Diriyah Circuit, on the outskirts of Riyadh, for the after-race concerts, the first unsegregated music events in Saudi Arabia

The stage is set for even bigger and better things this year, with the promise of another two nights of unmissable music on Nov. 22 and 23 as the E-Prix racing returns.

“If you were one of the 40,000 who were lucky enough to be part of that watershed moment (last year) for the Kingdom, believe me, you have not seen anything yet,” said Prince Abdul Aziz Al-Faisal Al-Saud, chairman of the General Sports Authority.

“Last year we told people before we announced (the acts) they should get their tickets early to avoid disappointment. Once we revealed who was coming, the tickets sold out incredibly quickly. This year will be the same but even bigger, so for music fans who want to enjoy the biggest concerts in Saudi Arabia, the smart move is to get your ticket now.”

The Diriyah E Prix kicks off the sixth season of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, the world’s premier all-electric motorsport series, with a double header of races. It also marks the start of Diriyah Season, a month of sport, entertainment, art, cultural festivities, food and retail experiences. Tickets for the Diriyah E Prix, which include entry to the after-race concerts, are available at www.diriyahseason.sa.