Saudi Arabia calls for restraint after Soleimani killing

The Kingdom said the events in Iraq were the result of previous "terrorist acts" (AFP/File image)
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Updated 05 January 2020

Saudi Arabia calls for restraint after Soleimani killing

  • Kingdom says events in Iraq were the result of previous "terrorist acts"

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has called for restraint after the killing of Iranian Gen Qassem Soleimani.

The Kingdom said the events in Iraq were the result of previous "terrorist acts" and that Saudi Arabia had warned of their repercussions.

 

"The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has followed the events, in fraternal Iraq, which came as a result of the escalation of tensions and terrorist acts that Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has denounced and warned against, in the past, of their repercussions.

 

"With knowledge of the operations and threats exposing the security of the region and the threats posed by terrorist militias that require their cessation, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in light of the rapid developments, calls for the importance of self-restraint to ward off all acts that may lead to aggravating the situation, with unbearable consequences.

"The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia reaffirms that the international community must fulfill its responsibilities to take the necessary measures to ensure the security and stability of such a vital region, to the entire world."

Saudi Arabia's Minister of Foreign Affair Adel Al-Jubair tweeted early Satruday: "The Kingdom’s statement regarding the events in Iraq stresses the Kingdom’s view of the importance of de-escalation to save the countries of the region and their people from the risks of any escalation."

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke on the phone with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman about the airstrikes at Baghdad airport. They discussed measures for reducing tension in the region during the call, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported. 

The two men also discussed "President Trump’s recent decision to take decisive defensive action to protect US personnel abroad," State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said.

"The Secretary thanked the crown prince for Saudi Arabia’s steadfast support and for recognizing the continuing aggressive threats posed by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Qous Force," she said. "He made clear that the United States remains committed to de-escalation."

 


King Salman: G20 provided $11 trillion to overcome effects of COVID-19 pandemic under Saudi Arabia’s presidency

Updated 27 October 2020

King Salman: G20 provided $11 trillion to overcome effects of COVID-19 pandemic under Saudi Arabia’s presidency

  • King Salman said the Kingdom’s G20 presidency was keen to listen to various recommendations through ministerial meetings and working groups of G20

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s G20 presidency has contributed about $11 trillion to protect the global economy with a clear commitment and determination to do “whatever is necessary” to overcome the coronavirus pandemic.
In a speech read in behalf of King Salman during the handover the final communique of B20 Summit, investment minister Khalid Al-Falih said the Kingdom’s G20 presidency also pledged $21 billion to support the production, distribution, and availability of diagnostic and treatment tools, medicines and vaccines, a report from state news agency SPA said.
King Salman likewise said the Kingdom’s G20 presidency was keen to listen to various recommendations through ministerial meetings and working groups of G20, the report added.
“I would like to thank Business Group 20 and its partners from all countries of the world for their efforts during this exceptional period,” according to King Salman, adding that the goal of the Kingdom’s presidency of G20 is to “seize the opportunities of twenty-first century for all.”
“We cannot talk about “shaping new frontiers” in the G20 without discussing innovative solutions that contribute to developing the financial infrastructure, improving of the global trade systems, protecting of the private sector, restoring capital flows to emerging markets, and harnessing the digital economy tools that help us reach the desired financial inclusion during various circumstances,” King Salman said.
King Salman’s speech likewise lauded the “resilience and strength of the Saudi economy” amid the coronavirus pandemic and reiterated the Kingdom’s commitment to “increasing growth and prosperity levels through empowerment and investments in new sectors; especially the sectors that will lead the global recovery and protect countries from future pandemics.”