Saudi Arabia stressed aiming to free Middle East from weapons of mass destruction, whether nuclear, biological or chemical, and seeking to achieve this in cooperation with the international community, noting its hope for international support to achieve the endeavors of all countries in the region.
Speaking at the meeting of the States Parties to the Biological Weapons Convention, Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Wasel, Ambassador of the United Nations in Geneva, affirmed the support of the statements of the organizing groups and the efforts of organizing and managing the meeting.
The preparation of preparatory documents and participation in the United Nations Conference on the establishment of a zone free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East, which was held from 18 to 22 November last.
The Kingdom welcomed the outcome of the Conference, which adopted an agreed agenda, a comprehensive and balanced program of work that would allow the participation of the invited parties in its stages, as well as a roadmap on the preparation and establishment of subsequent sessions, as it promotes multilateralism for disarmament, including the arms embargo. And the establishment of a zone free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East.
Ambassador Al-Wasel pointed out that the Kingdom’s commitment to these agreements and their implementation at the national and international levels is an extension of its consistent policy aimed at enhancing cooperation to ban all types of weapons of mass destruction, prevent their proliferation, and contribute to efforts to make the Middle East a zone free of all such weapons. With the support of the international community as a legitimate right of the peoples of the region, and a main pillar for the promotion of security and peace at the regional and international levels.
He pointed out that the Kingdom is one of the first countries to accede to international treaties related to banning weapons of mass destruction and non-proliferation, and agreements on the codification of hazardous materials and ways to deal with them and to strengthen cooperation and coordination to protect civilians from their dangers.