Saudi opening of airspace to all airlines ‘not a prelude’ to other measures: UN envoy
UNITED NATIONS: Saudi Arabia’s “constant and firm” support for the Palestinian people will not change “even if we allow international flights to pass over our airspace”, said the Kingdom’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the the UN.
Mohammed Abdulaziz Alateek added that Saudi Arabia’s opening of its airspace to all carriers that meet its aviation authority’s overflight requirements is in line with the Kingdom’s international obligations and not “a prelude to other measures”. .
At a meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the Middle East, Alateek told council members and a host of country officials that Saudi Arabia remained committed to the “steadfast principles” of ending Israeli occupation, to establish an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, and to guarantee the right of return for Palestinian refugees.
“The Kingdom will continue to stand with the Palestinian people,” he said. “We reaffirm the importance of a comprehensive and lasting peace in the Middle East as a strategic choice to end one of the longest and most complicated conflicts in our modern history, on the basis of the solution to two states and in accordance with the international terms of reference. , as well as the Arab Peace Initiative of 2002 which guarantees the establishment of a Palestinian state along the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, the return of refugees and the end of the Israeli occupation of all Arab territories, including the Syrian Arab Golan and the Lebanese territories.”
Alateek urged the UNSC and the international community to “assume their responsibilities” in helping the Palestinians achieve their aspirations for an independent state and addressing “continued Israeli violations of international law and Security Council resolutions”.
The Middle East’s long history of conflict and instability has made it more vulnerable to the negative impact of challenges such as pandemics, said Alateek, who reaffirmed Saudi Arabia’s belief that regional cooperation and international community is essential to deal with these common misfortunes.
This belief was behind the decision to hold the Jeddah Security and Development Summit on 16 July, the outcomes of which included a commitment to Yemen’s security and stability, and support for efforts to UN Special Envoy Hans Grundberg to strengthen and extend the current truce for the second time. , said Alateek.
“The Houthi militias must respect the truce,” he added. “They must stop exploiting the suffering of Yemeni civilians. They must open humanitarian corridors in Taiz.
Keeping the Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction was another consensus reached by Arab participants at the summit.
“We must also prevent the financing, arming and recruitment of terrorist groups by certain countries in the region,” Alateek said.
He concluded by condemning last week’s attack on Dohuk in northern Iraq, and said Saudi Arabia would stand with Iraq in facing challenges to its sovereignty and integrity. territorial.