Saudi Arabia calls for tough international stand against Houthi militias

Saudi Arabia says a firm stand against Iranian-backed Houthi militias is required. (AFP)
Updated 25 May 2019

Saudi Arabia calls for tough international stand against Houthi militias

  • Saudi Arabia told UN Security Council that action is required against the Iran-backed militia

NEW YORK: Saudi Arabia has called on the international community to shoulder its responsibilities by taking a firm stand against Iranian-backed Houthi militias.

The appeal during a session of the UN Security Council came after Houthi terrorists used ballistic missiles and drones laden with explosives to target populated areas in the Kingdom.

Dr. Khaled Manzlawiy, acting permanent representative of Saudi Arabia to the UN, told delegates that the actions of the militias were a flagrant violation of international and humanitarian law and relevant Security Council resolutions.

During his address, Manzlawiy said 2019 marked the 20th anniversary of the Security Council’s adoption of its resolution 1265 to protect civilians in armed conflict, which served to reinforce the Kingdom’s push for the international community to adopt a unified and comprehensive approach to shielding civilians from fighting.
 


Preserving heritage means securing the future, says Princess Haifa

Updated 05 July 2020

Preserving heritage means securing the future, says Princess Haifa

  • Saudi Arabia is at the 209th session to discuss international issues related to the fields of education, science and culture

PARIS: Princess Haifa bint Abdul Aziz Al-Muqrin, the Kingdom’s permanent representative to UNESCO, said that changes can only be faced with global efforts to achieve the common goals of promoting peace, building cultural bridges between nations, and empowering societies to guarantee a better future.

Saudi Arabia recently participated in the 209th session of the UNESCO Executive Council at the agency’s Paris headquarters. The Kingdom was represented at the session by Princess Haifa and a team of 26 Saudi experts from different sectors that have activities related to the scope of UNESCO’s work, such as education, culture, energy, environment, and training.

Princess Haifa said: “Despite our different cultures and languages, we share our belief that education is a right for everyone, that preserving heritage means securing the future, and that innovation and science are the bridge that will pull us out of this pandemic the world today is living.”

She said that the Kingdom supported African countries and was ready to share its experiences in various UNESCO fields, in addition to supporting action plans related to developing islands as one of its priorities in exchanging experiences, especially since the Kingdom is one of the most advanced countries in the world in the field of water desalination.

Reference was made to the Kingdom’s support for international growth and stability through the G20 presidency, specifically with regard to ensuring the continuity of education in crises, the continuation of efforts to achieve climate adaptation worldwide, and solidarity with the members of the G20 in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a member state of the UNESCO Executive Council, Saudi Arabia is at the 209th session to discuss international issues related to the fields of education, science and culture. These will be evaluated and decided upon, and the executive decisions assigned to them will be voted on, in cooperation with the council’s member states.

The Kingdom’s participation in the meetings of the UNESCO Executive Council also comes as part of its permanent presence in the international cultural and educational organization since its foundation in 1946.

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