Saudi Foreign Minister Talks to Press in Saudi Embassy in London
Foreign Affairs Minister Adel Ahmed Al-Jubeir stressed that the Syrian people cannot accept Bashar al-Assad in the power after the killing carried out by his regime..
Speaking at a press conference in London, Minister Al-Jubeir said that the Geneva 1 Declaration called for transferring power from Bashar Al-Assad before leaving Syria.
On the situation in Yemen, Minister Al-Jubeir said that the war was not initiated by the Kingdom, but by Houthis and Ali Saleh, who seized the legitimate authority, and violated the agreement that has been reached through national dialogue conference, as they have also violated UN Resolution 2216.
He pointed out that the Kingdom has announced three months cease-fire, but Houthis and Saleh had fired more than 20 ballistic missiles towards the territory of the Kingdom and killed forces stationed on the border. However, the Kingdom has committed to the principle of restraint, and when negotiations failed it has the right to defend its borders.
In response to allegations that the Kingdom targets hospitals and schools, Minster Al-Jubeir said that the accusations are inaccurate, unfair and biased as these claims are based on one-side and do not look at the truth as a whole and the Kingdom conducts necessary investigations in this regard, but should be taken into account that Houthis use hospitals and schools as arsenal for weapons.
On Iranian interference in the affairs of other countries, Minister Al-Jubeir said that the communiqué issued by Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)'s Summit, which was held in Istanbul in last April condemned Iran's interference in the affairs of the region and its support of terrorist organizations, as also condemned the so-called Hezbollah, and Iran's use of sectarianism. He explained that the communiqué was approved by more than 50 member countries in the Organization, and this pointed to Iran's isolation in the region as many countries severed relations with Iran, such as Somalia, Sudan, Djibouti and other countries and gives a clear message to Iran to cease its actions.
On hajj, he explained that Iran is trying to politicize the hajj obligation to achieve political gains, a matter rejected by the Islamic world, pointing out, in this regard, to Iran's refusal to sign the pilgrimage agreement in spite of the huge facilities provided by the Government of the Kingdom, preventing Iranian pilgrims who intend to perform Hajj this year from that and even there are problems for the Iranians who may intend to come to Hajj in the coming years.
On the future of Saudi-Iranian relations, Foreign Minister Al-Jubeir said that the Kingdom did not assassinate Iranian diplomats, nor storm Iranian embassies or smuggle weapons inside Iran to support the minorities there as it also did not intervene in the neighboring countries to stir sectarianism, and in return with the signing of the nuclear deal with Iran, it escalated its rhetoric hostile, and this Iranian approach is very clear in Lebanon, Syria, Yemen and Bahrain, in addition to its smuggling attempts of weapons into the Kingdom as well as Kuwait, yet there is no sole evidence binding the Kingdom to terrorism, despite of the allegations in this regard.
He also stressed that Iran is supporting terrorism and Al-Qaeda organization, questioning why the terrorist groups such as Daesh (ISIS) and Al-Qaeda don't attack Iran.
On the issue of Iraq, the minister said that the problem of Iraq is Iran and its interference in Iraqi affairs in addition to managing the Shiite militias responsible for many of the massacres that took place in Iraq, which in turn has led to an escalation of sectarian conflict, allowing Daesh terrorist organization to thrive.