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Efforts to render Mideast nuclear free thwarted by Israel – Saudi Arabia
April 29, 2015, 10:13 am

Saudi Arabia expressed its deep disappointment that the conference on the establishment of a middle east zone free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction, which was supposed to be held in Helsinki, Finland by the end of 2013 has not been convened because of Israel’s refusal.

Emanating from the position of Saudi Arabia aiming to make the Middle east a zone free of weapons of mass destruction, Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Abdullah Al-Mouallimi made such remarks, late on Tuesday before the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.

The Saudi official said that it is really unfortunate that international consensus, and a regional urgent desire to make the Middle east a zone free of nuclear weapons have been thwarted by Israel which opposes the desire of the peoples of the region to live in a zone free of nuclear terror.

“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is of the view that it is imperative that the states do not experience any doubts or concerns about the wisdom of accepting an infinite extension of the NPT treaty, or even the accession to it,” he said. Therefore, Al-Mouallimi said these concerns will keep increasing as long as Israel remains a non-signatory to the treaty.

On Iran, he hoped that the framework agreement that was reached in Lausanne, Switzerland between the major powers and Iran over its nuclear program leads to a final binding agreement that strengthens security and stability in the region and the world. The final binding agreement, he said, ensures that Iran adheres to the principles of good neighborliness, non-interference in the internal affairs of Arab countries and respects their sovereignty, he added.

Futhermore, he announced that his country has declared its intention to develop an ambitious program to harness nuclear energy for peaceful purposes to achieve the goals of sustainable development, and to preserve valuable hydrocarbon resources for future generations.

The NPT kicked off its sessions Monday at the UN Headquaters here during the opening, Ambassador Enrique Roman-Morey of Peru announced the election of Ambassador Taos Ferouki of Algeria as the new president. This year, Palestine became the 91st member state of the NPT.

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