King Salman says Saudi Arabia committed to political solution in Yemen; Palestinian cause our top-priority

Ahram Online , Sunday 15 Apr 2018

The King called on the UN to take 'decisive action' against Iranian transgressions

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz attends the 28th Summit of the Arab League at the Ithra center in Dhahran, Eastern Saudi Arabia, on April 15, 2018. (Photo: Reuters)

Speaking at the Arab summit in Riyadh on Sunday, King Salman of Saudi Arabia said that the "Palestinian cause is our top-priority cause and it will always be" until the Palestinian people gain "all of their legitimate rights."

Salman described the establishment of a Palestinian state and East Jerusalem as its capital as the two major rights of the Palestinians.

" We once again condemn the decision of the US administration on Jerusalem, praise the rejectionist position adopted by the international community towards it, and emphasize that East Jerusalem cannot be separated from the Palestinian territories", Salman added.

US President Donald Trump recently decided to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognise the latter as the capital of Israel, triggering international criticism and a wave of Palestinian protests in the occupied territories.

Concerning the ongoing war in Yemen, Salman said that Saudi Arabia is committed to the country's "sovereignty and unity of its territories", expressing his support for "all efforts seeking to reach a political solution for the crisis" within the framework of the Gulf Cooperation Council's (GCC) Initiative, the Yemeni National Dialogue, and UN Security Council Resolution 2216.

Salman called on the international community to facilitate the process of delivering humanitarian assistance to different parts of Yemen, holding the Iran-backed Houthi militants responsible for the continuation of the country's humanitarian problems.

"We welcome the statement issued by the UN Security Council that condemned the firing of Iranian-made, ballistic missiles at Saudi cities by the Houthi militia," said Salman.

"Three of the [missiles] targeted Mecca. This proves to the international community that the Iranian actions threaten the region and violate the principles of international law."

Salman urged the United Nations to take a "decisive action" on this matter.

The Saudi King also expressed his backing to the libyan political agreement signed by rival Libyan in Skhirat in 2015 as the basis for solving the Libyan crisis, "maintaining its unity", "eradicating violence and terrorism" and "protecting the country from foreign intervention."

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