Saudi Arabia Calls on International Community to Hold Israel Accountable

A plenary session during the "Call for Action: Urgent Humanitarian Response for Gaza" conference, at the Dead Sea, Jordan Tuesday June 11, 2024. (Alaa Al Sukhni/Pool Photo via AP)
A plenary session during the "Call for Action: Urgent Humanitarian Response for Gaza" conference, at the Dead Sea, Jordan Tuesday June 11, 2024. (Alaa Al Sukhni/Pool Photo via AP)
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Saudi Arabia Calls on International Community to Hold Israel Accountable

A plenary session during the "Call for Action: Urgent Humanitarian Response for Gaza" conference, at the Dead Sea, Jordan Tuesday June 11, 2024. (Alaa Al Sukhni/Pool Photo via AP)
A plenary session during the "Call for Action: Urgent Humanitarian Response for Gaza" conference, at the Dead Sea, Jordan Tuesday June 11, 2024. (Alaa Al Sukhni/Pool Photo via AP)

The Saudi Minister of State, Member of the Cabinet, and National Security Adviser, Dr. Musaed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, headed the Kingdom's delegation participating in the Urgent Humanitarian Response for Gaza conference, which was held on Tuesday in the Dead Sea region in Jordan.

Al-Aiban delivered the Kingdom's speech in which he affirmed Saudi Arabia’s continued humanitarian support for the Palestinians, referring to the campaign launched by the Kingdom to help the Palestinians, which exceeded SAR700 million, in addition to operating air and sea bridges to deliver aid to the Gaza Strip.
In the main session of the conference, Al-Aiban stressed that the ongoing Israeli aggression against the Gaza Strip necessitates collective work to halt the humanitarian catastrophe, intensify all international efforts aimed at stopping the aggression, along with complete withdrawal of the Israeli forces, and delivering sufficient and sustainable humanitarian aid to all parts of Gaza.

Al-Aiban also stressed the need for the displaced people to return to their homes safely and for the international community to fulfil its responsibilities to halt the Israeli aggression and work to find a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian cause based on international legitimacy resolutions and the Arab Peace Initiative, in a way that guarantees the right of the Palestinian people to establish their independent state on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.
The minister of state stressed the need to deliver sufficient and sustainable humanitarian aid to all parts of the Gaza Strip and returning the displaced people to their homes.

Al-Aiban called on the international community to hold the Israeli authorities accountable for crimes, violations, and practices that violate international law and international humanitarian law.
He also stated that the Kingdom continued to support the efforts of international organizations in light of the tragic conditions the Gaza Strip is witnessing, adding that it also signed, through the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief), agreements to implement urgent projects in cooperation with UN organizations.
Al-Aiban welcomed the decision taken by Norway, Spain, Ireland and Slovenia to recognize the State of Palestine.



Mohamed bin Zayed, Burhan Discuss Means to End Sudan War

United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Sudan's army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan meet in Abu Dhabi on March 11, 2022. (AFP)
United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Sudan's army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan meet in Abu Dhabi on March 11, 2022. (AFP)
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Mohamed bin Zayed, Burhan Discuss Means to End Sudan War

United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Sudan's army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan meet in Abu Dhabi on March 11, 2022. (AFP)
United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Sudan's army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan meet in Abu Dhabi on March 11, 2022. (AFP)

United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Sudan's army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan held telephone talks on Thursday to discuss a proposal by Ethiopia to end the war in Sudan, said diplomatic sources.

This was the first telephone call between the two leaders since the Sudanese army openly criticized the UAE for its alleged support of the rival Rapid Support Forces (RSF), a claim repeatedly denied by Abu Dhabi.

During the call, Sheikh Mohamed "affirmed the UAE's keenness to support all solutions and initiatives aimed at halting escalation and ending the crisis in Sudan in a way that contributes to enhancing its stability and security and fulfilling the aspirations of its people", reported the UAE’s state news agency (WAM).

He stressed the importance of peaceful dialogue and prioritizing reason to preserve security and stability in Sudan.

Sudanese diplomatic sources said the leaders discussed a proposal by Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to end the war that erupted in April 2023.

The PM had visited Sudan earlier this month to mediate ending the conflict, which broke out over disputes over the transition to civilian rule.

Speculation was rife in Sudan over the telephone call between Sheikh Mohamed and Burhan.

Aide to Burhan, Yasser al-Atta, accused the leaderships of the UAE and Chad of supporting the RSF militarily during the war.

He added however that the telephone call was a positive step that may boost the chances of ending the war.

In June, Sudan filed an official complaint to the United Nations Security Council accusing the UAE of supplying the RSF with weapons. The UAE denied the claim.

A leading member of the Forces of Freedom and Change said the telephone talks between Sheikh Mohamed and Burhan did not come as a surprise.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, he added that Ahmed’s visit to Port Sudan earlier this month "took place in complete coordination with regional and international powers to persuade the leaders of the Sudanese army to choose peaceful solution" to end the conflict.

"We are fully aware that there is a movement within the army that is influenced by the Islamist movement that is impeding any effort to end the war so that it could return to power once again," he went on to say.

Moreover, he remarked that all efforts to end the fighting in Sudan, whether on the African or Arab levels, are taking place in complete coordination with the efforts carried out by the European Union and United States.