Saudi Arabia calls for greater cooperation on WMD non-proliferation
April 9, 2013
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has expressed its strong support for international efforts working towards the non-proliferation and disarmament of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Furthermore, it called for the creation of a Middle East zone free of WMDs. This message was delivered by Prince Dr. Toki bin Mohammed bin Saud Al-Kabeer, the Undersecretary of the Foreign Ministry for Multilateral Relations and Chairman of the National Commission for the Implementation of the Agreements Banning Chemical and Biological Weapons, during the 3rd Review Conference of the Chemical Weapons Convention in The Hague, which began yesterday.
Prince Torki urged all states possessing chemical weapons to destroy their stockpiles, in compliance with the deadlines set by the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. He also reiterated the Kingdom’s call for the international community – and industrialized nations in particular – to implement Article 11 of the agreement, which urges the transfer of technology, expertise and equipment related to chemical industries from developed to developing countries.
Finally, Prince Torki stressed the Kingdom’s support for the investigation into reports of chemical weapons use in the Syrian conflict, to be conducted by the United Nations in cooperation with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.