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Saudi Arabia takes assassination plot to the UN | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Riyadh, Washington, Asharq Al-Awsat- Yesterday, through its permanent mission to the United Nations, Saudi Arabia demanded that those responsible for the attempted assassination of its Ambassador to Washington, Adel al-Jubeir, be brought to justice.

The kingdom’s permanent mission to the United Nations in New York issued a press statement announcing that it had formally requested the United Nations Secretary General notify the Security Council of the “heinous plot” to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador to the United States.

The statement described the plot as a violation of international laws and UN resolutions, as well as all humanitarian charters and norms, adding that all those involved in this shameful attempt must be brought to justice.

The Saudi representative to the United Nations, Abdullah al-Mouallimi, submitted a letter to the United Nations Secretary General to notify the Security Council. Al-Mouallimi expressed Riyadh’s “deep concern and anger” through his correspondence, which is considered an official letter of protest.

Likewise, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon received a second letter from the United States to inform the United Nations officially of the attempt to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador. An official from the US State Department told Asharq al-Awsat that: “There is a natural coordination between us and Saudi Arabia about the steps we should take”, adding that “we have submitted an official letter of protest to the Secretary General of the United Nations, regarding unacceptable Iranian behavior”. The source went on to say that “we are working with our Saudi allies and with all states that have shown their concern towards the Iranian plot, and have rejected it”. The US official declined to elaborate on the next steps that the US was considering, especially with regards to the Security Council, saying only: “we are pushing the issue through all available channels, be it through [the United Nations in] New York, through bilateral relations, or through collective institutions such as the European Union”.

Meanwhile, the United States increased sanctions on Iran this week after the discovery of the alleged Iranian plot. These include restriction on Mahan Air, an Iranian commercial airline. Washington is seeking to persuade other countries to also strengthen their sanctions against Iran. The official letter of protest is considered the first step in initiating an international stance against the plot, which Washington insists elements of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard were directly involved in.

In the last two days, Susan Rice, the American delegate to the United Nations, has conducted extensive consultations with members of the Security Council about the plot which was revealed last Tuesday evening. The US State Department also reported that it had sent a delegation to Russia to provide Russian officials with additional details about the thwarted assassination plan. Washington is seeking to obtain the support of a greater number of countries, especially those who are [permanent] members in the Security Council, before submitting its request for specific procedures to the Council. Among the options available to the Security Council is to issue an official statement condemning the plot, or to impose sanctions upon Iran demanding that those responsible are held accountable, but Washington is waiting on the reactions of the [permanent] Security Council members, especially China and Russia, before embarking on formal steps.

The Secretary General of the Muslim World League also denounced the heinous plot to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador to the United States, the implementation of which was entrusted to members of the Quds Force, affiliated to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. The Muslim World League Secretary General, Dr. Abdullah Ben Abdel Mohsen al-Turki, described in a statement that the plot was a heinous criminal act which was contrary to Islamic principles, moral values, and international norms. He described it as a murderous, terrorist act which is thereby forbidden by God, and vowed to punish the perpetrators.

The Muslim World League confirmed it had received communications from officials in Islamic centers and institutions around the world, expressing their condemnation towards the criminal plot, and their solidarity with Saudi Arabia which is working to stabilize the Islamic nation, distance it from violence, and avoid conflict amongst its people, which would only lead to a quagmire of controversy and discord.

Al-Turki expressed the astonishment of the Muslim World League and its assemblies, and its condemnation of an attempt to target the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Al-Turki described Saudi Arabia as a state which has sponsored and continues to sponsor Islamic solidarity, seeks to aid Muslims in general, unite the Ummah, and work to promote the principles of peace and security around the world. Al-Turki stated that Saudi Arabia promotes understanding in order to solve the problems of nations and peoples, through the dialogue advocated by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.

He explained that the fact that a state organ was responsible for the plan to kill Ambassador al-Jubeir, and it was affiliated to a country that is a member of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, only intensified the Islamic people’s surprise and condemnation of such treacherous plans, which targeted the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its people. He stressed that the national unity of the Kingdom had strengthened and become more resolute in the face of such challenges and attacks, and plans of treachery and sedition.