The permanent representative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations, Ambassador Abdullah bin Yahya Al-Muallami, asserted that the main principles upon which the Kingdom’s policy in its international relations is based upon to fulfill its obligations and to advance the three pillars of the United Nations, which are sustainable development, peace and security, and human rights.
He explained speaking on behalf of the kingdom in a speech, that during the hypothetical event organized by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations on the occasion of the International Day of Human Fraternity, that the Kingdom consistently established in its international relations the approach of pluralism.
Furthermore, Al-Muallami said, the Kingdom strengthened the principles of mutual respect in its international relations, and non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries, derived from its position in Islam as the leader of the Islamic world.
Moreover, Al-Muallami highlighted that the kingdom adopts tolerant Islamic principles and belief, by spreading the values of peace and tolerance, which is what the Messenger of Islam, the Prophet Muhammad, may God bless him and grant him peace, emphasized in the noble hadith (Traditions of the Prophet).
The Ambassador then stated that the Kingdom’s efforts to strengthen human brotherhood and to promote a culture of peace are evident to everyone through the Kingdom’s internal and external initiatives on which it is based in order to confront the escalating ideologies of extremism and terrorism, and to combat hate speech.
Just a few examples include the establishment of the King Abdullah Center for Dialogue between Religions and Cultures, and the establishment of the United Nations Center for Combating Terrorism, and the vital role the Kingdom plays through its partnership in the United Nations Office for the Alliance of Civilizations, through the establishment of the Etidal Center to combat extremist ideology.
Moreover, he pointed out that the Kingdom hosted and sponsored the Islamic World League Conference that was held in Makkah Al-Mukarramah in the month of May 2019 in the presence of more than 1,200 religious figures, and resulted in the issuance of the Makkah Al-Mukarramah Document.
The Makkah Al-Mukarramah document includes 29 items calling for the renunciation of violence, peace and tolerance, the empowerment of women and youth, and strengthening the bonds of humanity. He called upon everyone to read this document and the noble goals it supports that encourage coexistence and acceptance of the other.
In addition, the world is gathering today to celebrate the first time International Day of Human Fraternity, pointing out that the world is in need of humanity more than ever before, especially in a world torn apart by conflict, divided by hate speech, threatened by the spread of epidemics and diseases, and by the forces of evil and extremism robbing its security and peace, he declared.
Over and above, he added that we have to realize the differences between nations and peoples in their beliefs and cultures and view them as a feature that distinguishes human beings and societies.
“What makes us coexist together and accept our differences are the bonds of human brotherhood that encourage us to promote a culture of tolerance and build bridges of peace and brotherhood, in which there is no difference between belief and religion. There is no difference between color and language” He reiterated.
The Ambassador said that we must realize that conflicts and wars are a source of human misery because of the unspeakable sorrows they bring to humanity. What we are witnessing today in terms of conflicts, the rise of hate speech, he added, the growing ideologies of violence and extremism, and the terrorist attacks we are witnessing also against holy places and places of worship also bring unspeakable sorrows to humanity.