Foreign Minister and British Foreign Secretary Hold Press Conference
Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir affirmed the depth of the Saudi-British relations and its historic dimension which still enjoys growth and development in all fields and at all levels during a joint press conference with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in Riyadh in which the two ministers briefed the press on their meeting which focused on regional and international issues of mutual concern and to best enhance relations between the two countries.
Minister Al-Jubeir said that remarks attributed to Foreign Secretary Johnson during a conference in Italy were incorrectly interpreted as defaming Saudi Arabia and underestimates the deep-rooted and strong ties between the two countries.
Casting light on the issues discussed during the meeting, Al-Jubeir said "we discussed regional situations of concern to the peace process, the importance of reaching a comprehensive and fair solution to the Palestinian-Israeli struggle through the Arab Peace Initiative. We spoke about Lebanon, expressing hope that the Lebanese would form a government that guarantees political stability in the country".
He said today's meeting dealt with the situations in Syria, and discussed the best way to reach a peaceful solution there, to be based on the UN Security Council Resolution 2254, while the view points of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom were identical as regards Iraq where the two sides suggest that implementation of reforms reached in 2014 offering each Iraqi sect its rights, is suffice to guarantee Iraq's unity and integrity of territories.
On the situations in Yemen, Minister Al-Jubeir drew the attention to the arrangement reached between Saudi Arabia and Britain on the importance of extending support for the UN Special Envoy for Yemen to enable him orchestrate a peaceful solution in Yemen, gearing forward to achieving progress in this field.
On the Libyan affairs, Saudi Arabia and Britain agree on the importance of the implementation of the Sukhairat declaration which officially ended the political and military infighting in Libya as well as on the exertion of more effort to narrow the gaps among the different Libyan factions and to form a government that would include all rivals in Libya and observe the country's security and stability, Minister Al-Jubeir said.
Foreign Minister Al-Jubeir explained that he discussed with Minister Johnson ways of enhancing the current cooperation between the two countries in fighting terrorism and combating extremism, confirming that the talks, in this context, covered the Iranian interference in the affairs of the region, a move rejected by all countries of the region. Minister Al-Jubeir lauded the good relations between the two countries, also reviewed during the meeting, describing them as historical, strategic and deep-rooted, and confirming that the gains enjoyed by the two countries as a result of these distinguished and firm ties are appreciated by the two sides as both of them are seeking to further develop and enhance them in all fields.