Saudi King urges action against Iran, backs Yemen peace

RIYADH — Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman on Monday called on the international community to put an end to Iran's nuclear and ballistic missile program, and reiterated the Kingdom's support for a political solution in Yemen according to Security Council resolutions and the GCC initiative.

Inaugurating the third year of the 7th session of the Shoura Council, the King praised the country's judiciary and public prosecution for carrying out their duty in the service of justice.

King Salman bin Abdulaziz stated that the kingdom adheres to Islamic Sharia law and adopt the values of moderation, tolerance.

In his speech, King Salman spoke about a number of issues, including oil, stating that the Kingdom’s policy on oil is based on cooperation and coordination with other oil producers.

“We are keen on a strategic partnership based on mutual benefits and respect,” the King said, referring to oil production.

“We are working to maintain the stability of oil markets to protect producers and consumers,” the King said.

He added that the Saudi citizen is the main driving force of development in the country, adding that development plans are achieving set goals at a satisfactory rate.

The King also stated that Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense who is also the chairman of the Council for Economic and Development Affairs (CEDA) is focused on developing human resources and preparing the new generation.

The King also spoke about terrorism in the region, stating that the Kingdom will continue to fight extremism.

He added that the Palestinian case will remain the number one priority “until the Palestinians get their rights.”

On the issue of Yemeni, the King said Saudi Arabia’s involvement was not a choice, but a duty to confront the Houthi militias. He said that the Kingdom supports a political solution in Yemen according to Security Council resolutions and the GCC initiative.

The King also spoke about relations with Iraq, stating that the Kingdom looks forward to continuing efforts to strengthen cooperation with Baghdad.

On Iran, the King said the international community needs to put an end to its activities that threaten the stability and security of the region.

He said that Iran is working to cause chaos in neighboring countries, and that it insists on sponsoring terrorism. SG