Vice Foreign Minister delivers speech at 17th Non-Aligned Movement Conference
May 28, 2014
Vice Foreign Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz led the Kingdom’s delegation to the 17th Ministerial Conference of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Algiers today. Representatives from more than 100 countries, including 80 foreign ministers, are participating in the summit, as well as officials from the United Nations, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the European Union, the African Union, the Arab League, and other organizations.
During his address to the conference, Prince Abdulaziz confirmed the importance of NAM and called for greater respect for international law and human rights. “The Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia reemphasizes its commitment to the Movement’s principles to face the rapidly changing regional and international situations, where international law is violated and the principles of human rights and freedom of expression are exploited to insult religions and their symbols for political purposes,” Prince Abdulaziz said. “The Kingdom cautions that the escalation of these grave and massive violations threatens world peace. Therefore, the Kingdom calls on assessing and reviewing the role and effectiveness of the Movement in protecting and promoting security and stability in the world. This role must be an urgent priority for the Movement in the next phase.”
Prince Abdulaziz called on NAM to play a more active and positive role in supporting the rights of the Palestinian people to claim their rights and establish an independent state. He also reiterated the Kingdom’s commitment to making the Middle East a zone free of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) and encouraged greater international cooperation to eradicate the scourge of terrorism.