Al-Jubeir: Solving the Syrian crisis will lead to withdrawal of Iran’s forces and militias

Saudi Arabia's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir at the donor conference on Syria in Brussels on March 14, 2019. (Al-Ekhbariya)
Updated 15 March 2019

Al-Jubeir: Solving the Syrian crisis will lead to withdrawal of Iran’s forces and militias

  • Al-Jubeir was speaking at a donor conference on Syria in Brussels, which raised $7 billion in pledges to help civilians
  • Iran’s militay and proxy forces in Syria are expected to face greater scrutiny as the war winds down

LONDON: Solving the Syrian crisis will lead to the withdrawal of Iran’s forces and its “terrorist militias,” Saudi Arabia's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir said Thursday. 

Al-Jubeir was speaking at a donors conference on Syria in Brussels, which raised $7 billion in pledges to help civilians.

His comments come as Iran’s militay and proxy forces in Syria are expected to face greater scrutiny as Bashar Al-Assad’s victory in the war becomes more certain. 

Saudi Arabia along with Arab countries and their Western allies have called for Iran to remove its forces from the country as the war comes to an end.

The Iranian militias, along with Russian air power, were crucial to the Syrian president gaining the upper hand in the eight-year conflict, which started after he brutally cracked down on Arab Spring protests.

Iran’s involvement in the war came as part of a broader policy of intervening in conflicts in the region to extend Iranian influence.

Both Jordan and Israel have expressed deep concern over the presence of Iranian militias near their Syrian borders. Israel has increasingly targeted the militias' operations in Syria with airstrikes.

At the meeting, Al-Jubeir also said there is consensus on beginning the political process in Syria after the formation of a constitutional committee.

The UN said it hopes to convene the committee as soon as possible in a key step towards ending the fighting.

Al-Jubeir said there needed to be a “safe and dignified” return for Syrian refugees who had fled the conflict. 

The war has killed hundreds of thousands and displaced about half of Syria’s pre-war 22 million population.

While in Brussels, Al-Jubeir met the Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Al-Hariri and the Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Al-Safadi, Saudi Press Agency Reported.

He also met the UK’s Envoy to Syria Martin Longden, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock and the US Envoy to Syria James Jeffrey.


King Salman receives closing statement of the Science Group Summit

Saudi Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, right, receives the closing statement of the S20 group from its chair Dr. Anas bin Faris Al-Fares. (SPA)
Updated 29 September 2020

King Salman receives closing statement of the Science Group Summit

  • The closing statement of the meeting included 10 recommendations, which will be submitted to the G20 heads of state

On behalf of King Salman, Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah on Monday received the closing statement of the Science Group Summit (S20) from the group’s chair, Dr. Anas bin Faris Al-Fares, who is also the president of King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology, after a virtual meeting.
Several scientific organizations from the G20 countries took part in the meeting, which was hosted by Saudi Arabia. The S20 group focuses on future health, a circular economy and the digital revolution. The meeting stressed the importance of making decisions based on scientific facts supported by data.
The closing statement of the meeting included 10 recommendations, which will be submitted to the G20 heads of state. More than 180 scholars participated in drafting the recommendation. They called for increasing the level of preparedness in the wake of a pandemic. They also recommended consolidating advanced treatment and precision medical research with a particular focus on keeping the costs affordable and treatments accessible to all.
The group also stressed the need to devise policies to face challenges arising from demographic shifts. One of the recommendations includes development of an integrated approach to the extraction of natural resources.
They also urged the relevant authorities to consolidate recycling systems to curb carbon emissions.