Ukrainian Ambassador to Riyadh: We Are Consulting with Saudi Arabia, Partners over Peace Plan

Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, meets with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Jeddah in June. (SPA)
Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, meets with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Jeddah in June. (SPA)
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Ukrainian Ambassador to Riyadh: We Are Consulting with Saudi Arabia, Partners over Peace Plan

Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, meets with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Jeddah in June. (SPA)
Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, meets with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Jeddah in June. (SPA)

Ukrainian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Anatolii Petrenko revealed that his country was preparing to hold its second peace summit.

In remarks to Asharq Al-Awsat, he said President Volodymyr Zelenskyy had stressed that Kyiv will work with its main partners over security consultations and coordination conferences that would lead to a comprehensive peace plan approved by the international community.

Ukraine appreciates its partnership with Saudi Arabia, stated the ambassador, adding that this relationship was a diplomatic priority to Kyiv.

He emphasized that Ukraine greatly appreciates Saudi Arabia’s mediation efforts that led to a prisoner swap in September 2022. The move helped bolster Saudi Arabia’s reputation in the world.

“Our main common goal revolves around man,” said the ambassador, who urged the return of all arbitrarily arrested prisoners and detainees, as well as the displaced.

“This is a mission in which our efforts are united with Saudi Arabia’s”, Petrenko remarked.

Moreover, he noted that Saudi Arabia is maintaining a focused foreign policy, by condemning “the barbaric war crimes committed by the Russian forces in Ukraine, especially those committed against our children and civilians.”

“Saudi Arabia constantly supports Ukraine, politically and operationally, as part of our efforts to restore the unity of our territories and sovereignty,” he added.

Furthermore, Petrenko said that despite the international community’s efforts, “war crimes and international human rights violations are still being committed by Russia.”

Zelenskyy has paid three visits to Saudi Arabia since the eruption of Russia’s war on Ukraine in February 2022. He met with Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, who underscored the Kingdom’s keenness on and support to all international efforts aimed at ending the conflict.

The leaders also discussed means to ease the humanitarian impact of the war, while Zelenskyy voiced his appreciation to Saudi Arabia’s efforts to that end.

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah also paid a visit to Ukraine in February 2023, the first by a Saudi FM since its independence 30 years ago. He met with Zelenskyy and several Ukrainian officials.

Saudi Arabia also continues to send tons of humanitarian aid to the Ukrainian people through the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center.



Saudi Arabia Expresses Concern over Military Escalation in Yemen after Israeli Airstrikes

The flag of Saudi Arabia (Asharq Al-Awsat)
The flag of Saudi Arabia (Asharq Al-Awsat)
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Saudi Arabia Expresses Concern over Military Escalation in Yemen after Israeli Airstrikes

The flag of Saudi Arabia (Asharq Al-Awsat)
The flag of Saudi Arabia (Asharq Al-Awsat)

Saudi Arabia expressed its deep concern on Sunday over the latest military escalation in Yemen after the Israeli attacks in the Houthi-controlled Yemeni port of Hodeidah.
The statement stressed that these developments "exacerbate the current tension in the region”.
In a statement on X platform, the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs said: “The Ministry is following with great concern the military escalation in Yemen following the Israeli attacks that targeted Hodeidah province on Saturday, July 20, 2024,” emphasizing that “these developments aggravate the current tension in the region and undermine ongoing efforts to end the war in Gaza”.
The ministry also called on all parties to exercise maximum restraint and to distance the region and its people from the dangers of war. It also called on the international community and active influential parties to fulfill their responsibilities to end conflicts in the region.
Moreover, the ministry affirmed the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's continued efforts to end the war on Gaza and affirmed its continuous support for peace efforts in Yemen to spare its people more suffering and achieve security and peace in the region.
On Sunday, Brigadier General Turki Al-Maliki, the spokesman for the Saudi Ministry of Defense, affirmed that Saudi Arabia has no relation to or participation in the targeting of the Yemeni city of Hodeidah. 
He emphasized in a statement posted on the ministry's X platform account that Saudi Arabia will not allow its airspace to be violated from any direction.