Saudi Shoura Council chairman receives China ambassador

Shoura Council Speaker  Dr. Abdullah Al-Asheikh received China’s ambassador to the Kingdom Chen Weiqing. (SPA)
Updated 09 October 2019

Saudi Shoura Council chairman receives China ambassador

  • The envoy condemned the recent attacks on Saudi Aramco oil facilities

Shoura Council Speaker  Dr. Abdullah Al-Asheikh received China’s ambassador to the Kingdom, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Ambassador Chen Weiqing hailed the pioneering role of Saudi Arabia in the region and globally, remarking on the depth of bilateral relations.

The envoy condemned the recent attacks on Saudi Aramco oil facilities and civilian locations, and said the Kingdom had the right to defend its sovereignty and people.

He thanked  King Salman and Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman for their efforts toward promoting and developing Saudi-Chinese relations, and for hosting the G20 summit that will be held next year.

He also praised the launch of tourist visas, adding that the Kingdom was home to many attractions that would appeal to Chinese tourists.

Al-Asheikh noted the solid and 

growing relationships with China on all levels. 

He said trade and economic relations were growing rapidly and that the Saudi-Chinese Coordination Council was playing an important role in promoting these ties. 

Al-Asheikh stressed the need to promote parliamentary relations between the Shoura Council and China’s National People’s Congress.


Palestine ‘dear to the hearts of Arabs’, Saudi envoy tells UN

Updated 10 min 12 sec ago

Palestine ‘dear to the hearts of Arabs’, Saudi envoy tells UN

  • Al-Mouallimi said that Israeli authorities continue to violate international conventions and norms in their dealings with the Palestinians under occupation

NEW YORK: Palestine and the Golan Heights “occupy a great place in the heart of the Arab nation,” Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the UN, said.

The Saudi government has always supported Palestinian rights under Israeli occupation, the Al-Mouallimi said.

Al-Mouallimi was commenting on a report dealing with Palestinian rights presented to the Economic and Financial Committee as part of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly.

“The international community agrees that sustainable development in the region cannot be achieved unless it is comprehensive and equitable,” he said.

Al-Mouallimi said that Israeli authorities continue to violate international conventions and norms in their dealings with the Palestinians under occupation.

“The report recorded many blatant violations by Israel, including the imposition of discriminatory policies in favor of the settlers in Palestine and the occupied Syrian Golan with regards to the exploitation of land and water resources.”

Israeli authorities imposed severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinians, which led to the deterioration of the economic, social and humanitarian situation. Up to 95 percent of the population of the Golan Heights had been displaced and 340 Syrian villages demolished, he said.

Violations included use of excessive force against children, women and the elderly, and the killing of Palestinians by Israeli settlers.

“There is no justification for the continuation of these flagrant violations, especially in light of the international consensus on the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination and the establishment of an independent state within the borders of June 1967, with Jerusalem as its capital,” he said.

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