Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir called on the international community to put an end to Iran’s inciting of sectarian conflicts in the region through supporting terrorist outfits and militias. “The world community shall intervene to end the human rights violations being committed by Tehran against groups of the Iranian people, as well as cross-border violations, and interference in the internal affairs of the countries in the region. He made the remarks while addressing the 40th Ordinary Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Wednesday.

He affirmed that the Kingdom’s stance is consistent in supporting Yemen, its people and legitimate government in confronting the Iran-backed terrorist Houthi militia, which is the main cause of the conflict in Yemen. “The Kingdom continues to provide all forms of support and assistance to the people of Yemen,” Al-Jubeir said, referring to the assistance amounting to more than $13 billion by January 2019 and providing $500 million for 2019 at the Pledging Conference on Yemen on Tuesday.

The Saudi government condemns the gross and systematic violations of human rights being committed against the Rohingya minority Jubeir said while calling for concerted efforts to put an end to these violations, as well as to allow the return of refugees to their homeland and provide them with humanitarian assistance.

Jubeir affirmed that Saudi Arabia is witnessing developments and reforms in various fields at all levels, in line with the directives of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and direct supervision of Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense. This is within the framework of implementing the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, which focuses on tapping the Kingdom’s potentials to the maximum.

The minister said that many developments and reforms have taken place in the Kingdom in the field of human rights, in terms of women’s rights and children’s protection. “The Kingdom’s Vision aims at empowering the women participation in the labor market to be increased from 22 percent to 30 percent by 2030,” he said.

Jubeir emphasized that the Kingdom’s position on the Palestinian cause is firm and Riyadh categorically rejects any prejudice to the historical and legal status of Jerusalem (Al-Quds). The Kingdom calls on the relevant United Nations organs and mechanisms, including the Human Rights Council, to fulfill their responsibilities to defend the rights of the Palestinian people, including their right to self-determination and establishment of an independent state on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, he said.

The minister stressed the Kingdom’s stand with the Syrian people and their right to territorial integrity, independence, unity, and free from aggression of any foreign forces. He underscored the importance of finding an urgent solution to this crisis under Security Council Resolution 2254, looking forward to continuing support for the efforts of the UN envoy.

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