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Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz said his country’s experience with "the Iranian regime has taught us that partial solution and appeasement did not stop its threats to international peace and security.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 23 SEPTEMBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY

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22 SEPTEMBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior

23 SEPTEMBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
3. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, King, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia:
"Our experience with the Iranian regime has taught us that partial solution and appeasement did not stop its threats to international peace and security. A comprehensive solution and a firm international position are required to ensure fundamental solutions to the Iranian regime's attempt to obtain weapons of mass destruction, advance its ballistic missile programme, its interference in the internal affairs of other countries, and its sponsorship of terrorism."
4. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
5. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, King, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia:
“The Kingdom will not hesitate to defend its national security, nor will it abandon the fraternal people of Yemen until they regain their complete sovereignty and independence from Iranian hegemony.”
6. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
7. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, King, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia:
“We support the efforts of the current US administration to achieve peace in the Middle East by bringing the Palestinians and the Israelis to the negotiation table to reach a fair and comprehensive agreement.”
8. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall

STORYLINE:

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz said his country’s experience with "the Iranian regime has taught us that partial solution and appeasement did not stop its threats to international peace and security.”

In his address to the the UN General Assembly’s General Debate released today (23 Sep), King Salman said Saudi extended its hand to Iran in peace over the past decades and received several Iranian presidents in an effort to build a relationship based on neighbourliness and mutual respect, however the “regime” exploited these efforts to advance its expansionist activities and create terrorist networks while squandering the wealth and resources of the Iranian people to produce chaos, extremism and sectarianism.

He said Iran targeted oil facilities in the Kingdom last year in blatant violation of international law and targeted Saudi Arabia through its proxies with over 300 ballistic missiles and 400 armed drones.

The Saudi King called for a “comprehensive solution and a firm international position” to ensure “fundamental solutions to the Iranian regime's attempt to obtain weapons of mass destruction and advance its ballistic missile programme, its interference in the internal affairs of other countries, and its sponsorship of terrorism."

The Saudi King called for disarming Hizbollah in Lebanon to allow the Lebanese people to achieve their aspirations for security, stability, and prosperity.

King Salman said Iran's support for the Houthi coup in Yemen has led to a political, economic, and humanitarian crisis. He said Houthi militias impede the flow of humanitarian aid to the Yemeni people and obstruct efforts to reach a political solution in the country.

He added, “The Kingdom will not hesitate to defend its national security, nor will it abandon the fraternal people of Yemen until they regain their complete sovereignty and independence from Iranian hegemony.”

Turning to the Middle East peace process, King Salman said Saudi Arabia had introduced peace initiatives since 1981, adding that the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative provides the basis for a comprehensive and just solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict that ensures the Palestinian people obtain their legitimate rights and establish their independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

He added, “We support the efforts of the current US administration to achieve peace in the Middle East by bringing the Palestinians and the Israelis to the negotiation table to reach a fair and comprehensive agreement.”

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz's comments were pre-recorded and aired in the General Assembly Hall as previously agreed by the General Assembly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the inability to gather world leaders in New York as customary, this year’s General Debate will witness the largest-ever participation of heads of states and government in UN history.
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