This came in the Kingdom’s speech, delivered by the permanent representative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations, Ambassador Abdullah bin Yahya Al-Muallami, before the First Committee of the work of the seventy-fifth session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Ambassador Al-Muallami said: It is regrettable that the Middle East region remains elusive to international and regional efforts to make it a nuclear-weapon-free zone in light of the availability of international consensus and an urgent regional desire to make the region nuclear-weapon-free, again recalling what was confirmed by the NPT review conferences. Concerning the demand of Israel – the only country in the Middle East that is still outside the treaty – to quickly accede to the treaty and subject all its nuclear facilities to the comprehensive safeguards system of the International Atomic Energy Agency, in a way that contributes to maintaining peace and security, maintaining stability and achieving security for all peoples of the region.
His Excellency indicated that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia thanks – in this regard – the sisterly Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan for its distinguished presidency of the work of the first session of the conference on the establishment of a zone free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East, looking forward to supporting the presidency of the sisterly State of Kuwait for the second session. .
Al-Muallami added: The Kingdom’s previous support for the nuclear agreement between Iran and the countries of the Group of 1 + 5 was based on its complete conviction of the necessity of working on everything that would limit the spread of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East and the world.
The Kingdom also expressed, in the speech delivered by His Excellency the Permanent Representative to the United Nations, its deep concern about Iran’s continued failure to abide by its nuclear pledges, the most recent of which was what the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) stated, that Iran’s stockpile of enriched uranium currently exceeds ten times the limit stipulated in The international nuclear agreement with Iran, which is a continuation of the Iranian escalation in the series of violations that were reflected in previous reports issued by the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
The Kingdom stressed the importance of a comprehensive international agreement regarding Iran’s nuclear program, which guarantees preventing it from obtaining nuclear weapons, ensures that its destabilizing behavior in the region and the world is addressed and that it sponsors terrorism, and prevents it from carrying out any kind of provocations in the future, which will reintegrate it into the international community and lift it. All sanctions are for the benefit and well-being of the Iranian people.
His Excellency Ambassador Al-Muallami continued, saying: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia affirms the inherent right of all countries to the peaceful use of nuclear energy in accordance with the standards and procedures of the International Atomic Energy Agency and under its supervision, and supports the position to facilitate the transfer of technology, expertise and equipment related to the possession of atomic energy for peaceful uses, and also urges industrialized countries. To cooperate to remove obstacles placed in the way of technology transfer in these areas to developing countries.
He added: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia stresses the great importance of activating the United Nations program to prevent, combat and eradicate the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons, especially with regard to combating the phenomenon of supplying weapons to terrorists and illegal armed groups, noting that in this regard, the Kingdom calls on society The international community to stand firmly against what Iran is doing in providing terrorist militias with weapons and logistical support for these militias in Yemen, Lebanon and other countries in the Middle East, in flagrant violation of all international resolutions in this regard, including Security Council Resolution 2231.
Al-Muallami pointed out that the Kingdom also stresses the importance of keeping the use of outer space limited to peaceful purposes, as the relevant international legal agreements have played a positive role in promoting the peaceful use of outer space and organizing activities in it, taking into account that outer space is a public property. For humanity, as the endeavors to control outer space must not restrict the inherent right of every state to the peaceful use of outer space, stressing the importance of international cooperation in the multilateral framework to enhance information security and secure national interests on the international information network.
He said: The Kingdom shares the international community’s interest and aspiration for the success of the tenth review conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty proposed to be held in January 2021 AD, indicating that the Kingdom will work on full cooperation for the success of the conference’s work, through its full support for the president of the next review conference and coming out with a final document that reflects The aspirations of all countries, to achieve a world free from the dangers and threats of nuclear weapons, in which the peoples enjoy peace, stability and peace.
Al-Mouallimi concluded the speech, affirming the belief of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that the international will is capable of reaching radical solutions to all problems that obstruct the way to reaching a solution to many of the issues before the committee.
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