The Saudi Foreign Minister, Prince Faisal bin Farhan, said today, Saturday, “We previously warned of Iran’s marches, and now they are striking in Ukraine.”
He also added in a dialogue session during the Munich Security Conference, “Our relationship is good with Russia, and this is beneficial for everyone to keep the doors of dialogue open.”
He also said, “The position of the Gulf Cooperation Council is unified, and we support dialogue to resolve the Ukrainian crisis.”
Bin Farhan affirmed that the Kingdom continues dialogue with Kiev and Moscow to reach opportunities for a solution, adding, “We heard from Russia and Ukraine about a desire to negotiate, but the issues between them are complex.”
Regarding the nuclear agreement, he said, “We want the Gulf states to have a say regarding the nuclear agreement,” adding, “We want to return to the nuclear agreement, but with a comprehensive view and with Gulf participation.”
He indicated that the acquisition of a nuclear weapon by an enemy country prompts everyone to discuss their options.
He also said, “We heard about the desire of the Iranians to sit down and talk to us.”
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Nuclear Middle East
In his speech, Bin Farhan stated that the proliferation of armaments is not beneficial in the region, and he said, “We support a Middle East free of nuclear weapons.”
“Conflicts and divisions in the world worry us,” he added.
We disagree with Washington.
Bin Farhan also touched on relations with Washington and said, “We disagree with Washington on some issues, and this is a declared and well-known matter,” adding, “In our relationship with America, we take into account our national interests.”
“We are working with America on issues of security and stability in the region,” he added.
From the Munich conference (AFP)
The situation in Syria
On the Syrian issue, the Saudi minister said, “There is a consensus in the world that the current situation in Syria should not continue.”
“The situation of Syrian refugees abroad and the humanitarian aspect at home must be addressed,” he added.
Escalation in the Palestinian territories
He also touched on the file of the Palestinian issue, saying, “There is an escalation in the occupied territories and an increase in settlements, and this will not bring peace.”
Saudi Arabia is the largest economy in the region
In addition, the Saudi minister said, “We are working and keen on the stability of the oil market in the world.”
“The Kingdom is the largest economy in the region and the fastest growing,” he added.