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Israeli occupation Should come to an end: Saudi Arabia

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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia reaffirmed its commitment to the Palestinian cause’s fundamentals, which include ending the Israeli occupation, establishing an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, and ensuring Palestinian refugees’ right of return.

This was stated in the Kingdom’s speech to the UN Security Council today under the item “The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian issue,” delivered by Counselor Muhammad bin Abdulaziz Al-Ateeq, Chargé d’Affaires in the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the UN.

Al-Ateeq emphasized the importance of a comprehensive and lasting peace in the Middle East as a strategic option for ending the conflict, based on the two-state solution, following international references, the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative, the return of refugees, and an end to Israel’s occupation of all Arab lands, according to Al-Ateeq.

He added that during the holy month of Ramadan, Israeli occupation soldiers stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque, shut its gates, and attacked helpless pilgrims inside the mosque and in its courtyards. This attack took place during the holiest months and days for Muslims.

He strongly condemned the violent attack on the sanctity of the defenseless Palestinian people on behalf of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

This systematic escalation is usually viewed as a direct attack on the Islamic nation’s conscience, as well as a breach of applicable international agreements and covenants.

He urged the international community, particularly the UN Security Council, to play a role in holding the Israeli occupation forces fully accountable for the consequences of their continued crimes and violations against the defenseless Palestinian people, their land, and their sanctuaries, which will only increase regional violence and security tensions.

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