New York – Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister Prince Faisal Bin Farhan highlighted the importance of peaceful conflict resolution and the Kingdom’s commitment to human rights and citizen well-being, at the 78th UN General Assembly.
Reaffirming Saudi Arabia’s support for a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Prince Faisal called for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state within the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.
Prince Faisal also addressed the conflicts and crises in Syria, Yemen, Lebanon, Iraq, Libya, Ukraine, and Sudan. He expressed the Kingdom’s keenness on the security and stability of Yemen and its support for efforts to resolve the crisis and alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people. He called for de-escalation in Sudan and highlighted Saudi Arabia’s role in hosting ceasefire talks between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces.
The foreign minister underscored Saudi Arabia’s commitment to protecting civilians and delivering aid to the Sudanese population. He mentioned King Salman’s initiative to raise funds for the Sudanese people and the provision of $100 million in humanitarian assistance through the Saudi aid agency KSrelief.
Prince Faisal voiced support for the withdrawal of all foreign forces in Libya, emphasizing the importance of achieving security, stability, and the sovereignty of Libya while halting interference in its internal affairs.
Highlighting Saudi Arabia’s role as a global mediator, Prince Faisal discussed efforts to end the conflict in Ukraine. He mentioned inviting Ukraine to attend the Arab League Summit in Jeddah and hosting an international summit on the war. The foreign minister commended the resumption of diplomatic ties between Saudi Arabia and Iran, highlighting the importance of mutual respect, sovereignty, and non-interference.
Prince Faisal called on the international community to take action against Islamophobia and condemned attacks on sacred values. He stressed the need for mutual respect and understanding between peoples and efforts toward tolerance, moderation, and rejection of extremism.
Addressing climate change, Prince Faisal reiterated Saudi Arabia’s commitment to reducing emissions and transitioning to clean energy systems. He mentioned the Saudi Green Initiative and Middle East Green Initiative, which aim to protect the environment, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and promote better governance of water resources.
Regarding global energy supply, Prince Faisal stated that Saudi Arabia is working to meet the needs of consumers and producers worldwide in collaboration with the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
Prince Faisal concluded by expressing gratitude to countries that supported Saudi Arabia’s bid to host World Expo 2030 and emphasized the Kingdom’s ambitious policy toward the future. He conveyed Saudi Arabia’s message, values, and principles to lay the groundwork for a better future for humanity.
Prince Faisal’s address at the UN General Assembly highlighted Saudi Arabia’s commitment to peace, stability, human rights, environmental sustainability, and global cooperation in addressing pressing global challenges.