Ambassador Al-Jubeir briefs fellow diplomats on U.N. resolution

November 18, 2011

Saudi Ambassador to the United States Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir and Deputy U.S. Secretary of State William Burns briefed a group of ambassadors in Washington today on the draft resolution submitted by the Kingdom to the United Nations condemning terrorist attacks against diplomats. During his remarks, Ambassador Al-Jubeir stated that ensuring diplomatic immunity is an issue of universal concern, noting that the violation of that principal by terrorists will negatively affect international relations. He stressed that the Kingdom has a clear position against terrorism and characterized the resolution as part of his country’s campaign to encourage global anti-terror efforts. Ambassador Al-Jubeir noted that the draft resolution has already gained support from more than thirty-five countries, including the United States.

For his part, Secretary Burns expressed his belief that the draft resolution will strengthen international efforts to fight terrorism and protect diplomats. The United Nations, he added, is the appropriate arena to send such a message. Meanwhile, in New York, U.S. Permanent Delegate to the U.N. Susan Wright offered support for the resolution, describing it as balanced and focused. A vote on the draft will take place later today.