Ambassador Abdullah bin Yahya Al-Mouallimi, Saudi Arabia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN), stated that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been and will continue to be a peaceful country since its founding.
This was said in Ambassador Mouallimi’s speech to the UN General Assembly on the topic of “Culture of Peace.”
His Excellency thanked the President of the Assembly for convening this high-level meeting and for allowing the Member States to reaffirm their commitment to the full and effective implementation of the United Nations Program of Action on Culture.
His Excellency stated, “Diversity and variety are the nature of what distinguishes individuals from civilizations in which there is no distinction between belief and religion, color and language, ethnicity and gender.”
He explained that the United Nations’ existence and its axis to achieve the lofty goals stipulated in its charter, the most important of which are maintaining peace and security and saving future generations from the scourge of wars that have brought humanity untold sorrows, was founded on the consolidation of peace.
Ambassador Al-Mouallimi continued, “The world today, over a year and a half, has been exposed to a great challenge of a kind that we have not witnessed before, represented in the Covid-19 pandemic, before which we stood united towards steadfastness and recovery, and this pandemic has proven to all of us the importance of the role of the culture of peace and the need for it, especial in the context of the Middle East.”
He noted that in 2012, the Kingdom established the King Abdullah International Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue in Vienna to combat extremist ideology (Etidal), which monitors, analyses, and anticipates extremist thought to confront and prevent it, as well as collaborating with governments and relevant organizations.
The relationship’s objective is to be the world’s first reference in fighting extreme ideology and fostering a moderate culture.