1999 News Story

Kingdom addresses UN on Middle East issues

In a speech yesterday at the United Nations, Permanent Saudi Representative Fawzi Shobokshi confirmed the Kingdom's support for the Middle East peace process, calling on Israel to live up to its promises and respect the bases on which the peace process has been built, in particular its required withdrawal from the Golan Heights, and cessation of the repeated aggression against southern Lebanon.  He pointed out that Israel is the only country in the region to possess weapons of mass destruction, and that Israel refuses to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty while all other countries are exerting efforts to make the region free of such weapons.

Turning to the dispute between Iran and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) over the three islands in the Arabian Gulf, he called for serious negotiations so that a new page can be opened in the relations between Iran and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
As for Iraq, the Kingdom urges the Iraqi government to respect the resolutions of the UN Security Council concerning its aggression against Kuwait in 1990. The Kingdom supports the call of a number of UN member states to lift the sanctions imposed on Baghdad, expressing concern for the sufferings of the Iraqi people that result from these sanctions.