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Saudi Arabia Calls for Reducing Tension, Promoting Dialogue 

Saudi Arabia Calls for Reducing Tension, Promoting Dialogue 

Sunday, 20 November, 2022 - 10:00
Saudi Deputy Foreign Minister Waleed Al-Khuraiji during his participation in the first session of the Manama Dialogue Forum on Saturday. (SPA)

Saudi Deputy Foreign Minister Waleed Al-Khuraiji stressed that Saudi Arabia continues to support efforts aimed at reducing tensions, confronting challenges, promoting dialogue and strengthening partnership between all countries.  


Addressing the Manama Dialogue on Saturday, Al-Khuraiji said his country has offered many initiatives in this regard, adding: “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will continue to play its role as a source of energy in the world, as we deal with energy in its comprehensive concept, and pay attention to international obligations towards climate change.”  


He added: “In light of the Economic Vision 2030, the Kingdom has set plans to find a stable base that fosters investments and projects, with the aim to advance economic development.”  


Al-Khuraiji stressed that geopolitical conflicts affect all countries and sensitive sectors such as security, food and energy. He emphasized the need to encourage the peaceful resolution of disputes in order to face the common challenges that afflict the international community.  


The Saudi Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs stated that the Kingdom has ambitions and priorities in light of Vision 2030, which “necessitates harnessing its diplomatic efforts to provide a secure and stable regional and international environment that fosters investments, enables development and encourages the establishment of new international partnerships and the strengthening of existing ties.”  


Kuwait and energy security 


Sheikh Salem Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kuwait, stressed the need to unite efforts to confront challenges related to energy, food security and climate change. 


He noted that fateful decisions must be taken to move energy supply chains, adding that all countries were encouraged to participate positively in this framework, amid warnings of an imminent recession in many regions. 


In his speech during the first session of the 18th session of the Manama Dialogue, the FM underlined that the effects of the energy crisis on the climate could not be ignored, adding that the international community have decisive obligations to confront the challenges in the areas of food and energy security, climate change, growth and prosperity.  


Bahrain, and the impact of conflicts in the region 


Bahraini Foreign Minister Abdul-Latif bin Rashid Al-Zayani said on Saturday, that external conflicts and competition between foreign countries have greatly contributed to shaping the modern Middle East and increased challenges and crises in the region. 


During his participation in the second dialogue session of the Manama Dialogue Conference, under the title, “The Impact of Conflicts outside the Region on the Security Situation in the Middle East,” Al-Zayani noted that given the geostrategic importance of the region, “external forces are likely to continue to focus and directly interfere in its affairs.” 


He explained that the conference, which is held amid ongoing global turmoil, was an opportunity for participants to emphasize the pivotal role of peaceful dialogue in preventing and resolving conflicts. 


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