Tehran must stop sowing tension in the region


The Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations, Ambassador Abdullah bin Yahya Al-Mouallimi, called on Iran to stop sowing tension in the region, expressing his country’s concern over the contradictory behavior of the Iranian authorities.

He stressed that his country and the countries of the region have sought for more than 40 years to make the Middle East a region free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction, noting that this is their starting point in supporting international efforts to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.

In the Kingdom’s speech delivered during the Second Middle East Conference on the Establishment of a Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction, which was held under the chairmanship of the permanent delegation of the State of Kuwait to the United Nations, yesterday evening, Monday, he expressed the Kingdom’s deep concern about Tehran’s behavior that contradicts what it announces of Its nuclear activities are peaceful, calling on it to seize the current diplomatic opportunities, to enter into serious negotiations over the nuclear program and not to expose the security and stability of the region to more tension.

In his speech, he stressed Riyadh’s keenness to achieve the purposes of the United Nations Charter in preserving the security and safety of the peoples of the world and the pillars of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.

He also made it clear that Saudi Arabia was and still is at the forefront of countries supporting the establishment of nuclear-weapon-free zones all over the world, especially in the Middle East, which is in a state of turmoil and instability.

nuclear-free zone

He pointed out that it contributed with the Arab Group to the adoption of the United Nations General Assembly Resolution No. 456/73 instructing the Secretary-General of the United Nations to hold this conference with the aim of negotiating a binding treaty on the establishment of a zone free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction in the region.

In addition, he stated that the establishment of nuclear-weapon-free zones, including the Middle East, is one of the basic measures to achieve the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations related to the maintenance of international peace and security and the promotion of good-neighbourliness, friendly relations and cooperation among states.

Gantt from the nuclear negotiations in Vienna

Gantt from the nuclear negotiations in Vienna

Israeli obstruction

In addition, he considered that the proposition that some countries push, which is based on the fact that the security environment and the international situation are not conducive to moving forward with the complete elimination of weapons of mass destruction in the region, represents a false logic, as everyone seeks to achieve this goal, except for one party, which is Israel, which continues to In impeding all initiatives and negotiations for the establishment of a zone free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction.

Gantt from the nuclear negotiations in Vienna

Gantt from the nuclear negotiations in Vienna

He continued, noting that the failure to achieve the universality of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons in light of Israel’s continued refusal to join it represents an obstacle that cannot be overlooked, because the principle in this treaty is that it provides non-nuclear countries with a security guarantee that nuclear technology will not be misused for the purposes of armament, a guarantee missing in The Middle East region as long as Israel refuses to join it and subject all its nuclear facilities to the comprehensive safeguards system of the International Atomic Energy Agency, refuses to implement the relevant international resolutions, and ignores the decisions of the review conferences of the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

He also stressed that the establishment of a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction is no longer just an option, but has become an imperative, as achieving security, stability and comprehensive coexistence in our region will not be complete without the disarmament of all weapons of mass destruction.

The Kingdom is calling for practical steps

Al-Mouallimi concluded his speech, pointing to Saudi Arabia’s aspiration to take practical steps during the conference and produce positive results, stressing the Kingdom’s delegation’s readiness to cooperate with the esteemed conference presidency and the participating countries in everything that would lead to achieving common goals, and moving together at a steady pace towards achieving a Middle East free of nuclear weapons and weapons. mass destruction.

Saudi Arabia flag

Saudi Arabia flag

He also clarified that the Kingdom’s accession to international treaties related to the prohibition of weapons of mass destruction and the prevention of their proliferation, and the agreements concerned with the legalization of dangerous materials and ways to deal with them and the strengthening of cooperation and coordination to protect civilians from their dangers, on top of these agreements are the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the Convention on the Prohibition of Biological Weapons, as an extension of the Kingdom’s consistent policy aimed at To strengthen cooperation to ban all types of weapons of mass destruction and prevent their spread, and to contribute to efforts to make the Middle East region free of all such weapons, in a way that enhances security and peace at the regional and international levels. He stressed Riyadh’s position in support of the inherent and inalienable right of all countries to benefit from nuclear technology for peaceful purposes as stipulated in the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, and that this right should not be subject to any political restrictions.


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