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Syrian children, who are refugees, wait for school gates to be opened at Al- Zaatri refugee camp. (R)


Syrian children, who are refugees, wait for school gates to be opened at Al- Zaatri refugee camp. (R)

Syrian children, who are refugees, wait for school gates to be opened at Al- Zaatri refugee camp. (R)


Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat-Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal yesterday called on the United Nations Security Council to take a firm stance regarding the crisis in Syria.

In a joint press conference with Austrian Foreign Minister Michael Spender al-Faisal also called on the international to allow the Syrian people to “defend themselves” against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime if it is unable to intervene on their behalf.

“The regime’s savage aggression demands allowing the people to do so” Al-Faisal told reporters in Riyadh.

Al-Faisal went on to say that it is the UN Security Council’s responsibility to reach “a solid position that maintains Syria’s security, stability and territorial and national integrity to meet the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people.” Regarding the reaching of a settlement between Iran and the international community concerning the issue of uranium enrichment and the Kingdom’s position in this respect, Prince Saud said that “It is natural and necessary to reach a deal between Iran and the international community. However, Iran should abide by the international rules in force, notably on increasing its nuclear arsenal in the region. The matter is no longer an option. Iran did say that it was pursuing a peaceful way, but actually it was working on manufacturing an atomic bomb. Yet, if that was its intention, then it had breached international community’s rules and UN laws and resolutions.” “We are not seeking neither a conciliation nor a settlement between Iran and any entity that wants to negotiate with Iran. Instead, we are seeking a solution to evade any increase in nuclear weapons in the Middle East. We would like to see a nuclear-free Middle East, as this is the policy we are pursuing.” Al-Faisal added.

A statue of Hafez Assad, father of Bashar Assad, burns after being set on fire by rebel fighters inside the grounds of the General Company of the Euphrates Dam in Al-Raqqa, Syria. (AP)

A statue of Hafez Assad, father of Bashar Assad, burns after being set on fire by rebel fighters inside the grounds of the General Company of the Euphrates Dam in Al-Raqqa, Syria. (AP)

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Al-Faisal speaks during a joints news conference with Austrian counterpart Spindelegger in Riyadh. (R)

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Al-Faisal speaks during a joints news conference with Austrian counterpart Spindelegger in Riyadh. (R)