Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN)–The Saudi monarch, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, said that “Iran is a neighboring country,” expressing his hope that the initial talks between the two countries will lead to “tangible results to build confidence and pave the way for achieving the aspirations of our peoples in cooperative relations.”
In his speech to the United Nations General Assembly via video conference, King Salman bin Abdulaziz added that these relations are built on adherence to the principles and resolutions of international poetry, respect for sovereignty, and its cessation of support for terrorist groups and sectarian militias that have brought nothing but war and destruction to all the peoples of the region.
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques: Iran is a neighboring country, and we hope that our initial talks with it will lead to tangible results to build confidence and pave the way for achieving the aspirations of our peoples in relations of cooperation based on adherence to the principles and resolutions of international legitimacy, respect for sovereignty, and its cessation of support for terrorist groups and sectarian militias. https://t.co/LzX6IEFv7p
The Saudi monarch affirmed support for efforts to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, and expressed the Kingdom’s concern about Iran’s steps that contradict what Tehran announces about its peaceful nuclear program.
Meanwhile, King Salman affirmed that the Kingdom retains its “legitimate right to defend itself in the face of the attacks it is being exposed to with ballistic missiles, drones and booby-trapped boats” from the Houthi group in Yemen, backed by Iran.
#King_Salman: The Kingdom has always adhered to the principles and resolutions of international legitimacy, respects the national sovereignty of all countries, and stresses non-interference in the internal affairs of countries. co/qp9TxYS0qu
The Saudi monarch said that the Houthis “reject peaceful solutions,” noting that “the peace initiative in Yemen put forward by the Kingdom in the last march must end the bloodshed and conflict. It must put an end to the suffering of the brotherly Yemeni people.”
Yemen has been mired in a civil war for years, while a coalition led by Saudi Arabia is at war against the Houthis. At the same time, this was accompanied by one of the worst humanitarian crises, according to United Nations reports.
King Salman added that the Houthi militias “reject peaceful solutions” and “placed their bets on a military option to control more lands in Yemen.”
He continued, “They attack on a daily basis civilian targets inside the kingdom, threaten international navigation and international energy supplies, and the Houthi militia is abusing the suffering of the Yemeni people.”