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Saudi Press Agency

Saudi Foreign Minister holds a press conference at Saudi Embassy in London

Saudi Press Agency

Saturday 1438/9/22 - 2017/06/17

London, 22 Ramadan,1438 AH, 17 June,2017 , SPA -- Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir affirmed that the Kingdom's hosting of the historic conference which brought together a number of Islamic and Arab countries with the United States of America aims to change the language of dialogue between Arab and Islamic countries and their counterparts in the West.

In a press conference at the Saudi Embassy in London yesterday in the presence of Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz, Saudi Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Al-Jubeir said that the Kingdom has recently launched the Global Center for Combating Terrorism, currently working, that can in a period not exceeding six seconds pick up messages from the Internet and deal with them immediately according to their types and we are now seeking to expand the capabilities of the Center.

He added that the GCC countries signed a memorandum of understanding with the United States of America on combating terrorism financing in a step of great importance in efforts to dry up all sources of financing terrorist organizations and extremist groups, pointing out that we aim after completing preparing of agreement activating mechanisms to expand the number of participating countries in the agreement so as to achieve the desired goals to the fullest.

On Yemen, the Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs also stressed the continuation of operations of the military Arab coalition forces against coup militias, expressing the Kingdom's concern over the humanitarian situations there, pointing out that the government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has allocated 800 million US dollars to confront the crisis through King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid which distributes aid through 81 humanitarian organizations.

Minister Al-Jubeir expressed the Kingdom's concern over the siege imposed by Al-Houthi groups on some areas causing many famines and hindering the arrival of medical and food aid, pointing out that the coalition forces are working to lift the siege and reach the needy as soon as possible.

In the same context, he explained that the Kingdom hosted a reconstruction conference in Yemen in cooperation with the World Bank, and that it has allocated more than $ 10 billion to these efforts.

On the Syrian issue, the Minister of Foreign Affairs reiterated that the end of the crisis there should be through the political solution in accordance with the 1st Geneva Declaration and the resolution of the United Nations Security Council 2254, adding that the Kingdom is working according to The International Syria Support Group in preparation for the political transition.

Minister Al-Jubeir reiterated the Kingdom's commitment to fight and defeat the terrorist group Daesh (ISIS) in Syria and throughout the world, pointing out that the Kingdom was at the forefront of the Coalition against Daesh in Iraq and Syria, calling for continuing international great and strong efforts against Daesh to ensure its defeat.

He also reiterated the Kingdom's support for steps being taken by the Iraqi government to fight terrorist Daesh, welcoming the visit by Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Monday to discuss bilateral relations and ways of their development.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs pointed out that the Iranian regime continued to ignite violence by intervening in the affairs of the countries of the region, supporting terrorist groups in Syria, Yemen and Bahrain and using the Revolutionary Guards in Syria and Iraq in a clear violation of international laws and norms.

He explained that Iran should act like the committed states if it wants to return to the international community and stop the aggressive behavior of supporting militias, bombing of embassies and interfering in the affairs of others, expressing his pessimism that the regime of Tehran cannot change the approach that has been used over the past years.

On the Libyan issue, Minister Al-Jubeir pointed out that the Kingdom is coordinating with its international partners to restore the country's stability and not allow the spread of terrorism in Libya and Africa.

On the Qatari issue, he said that the Kingdom, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt have taken the recent position towards Qatar after the failure of all endeavors with Doha and its non-commitment after repeated demands, the latest ones in 2013 and 2014 to stop supporting extremism, terrorism, interference and fueling conflicts in other countries.

He explained that the recent decisions have been taken to send a message to Doha that it has gone too far, adding that we consider Qatar as an ally in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) for Arab States, we do not seek for harming the Qatari people, but the current situation must be corrected as Doha can not continue its current policy and it must stop financing terrorism.

The Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs also said that they are is in the process of lodging a complaint to Qatar containing all points that caused the crisis, hoping that Doha will address those fears and resort to the voice of reason in order to resolve the issue.

-- SPA
15:09 LOCAL TIME 12:09 GMT

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