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Saudi Arabia confirms its commitment to ban biological weapons

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has affirmed its full compliance with all the obligations it has undertaken under the Convention on the Prohibition of Biological and Toxin Weapons, which it acceded to in 1972, as the oldest treaty banning an entire category of weapons of mass destruction, and its primary contribution to maintaining international peace and security.


The Kingdom’s permanent representative to the UN, Ambassador Abdul Mohsen bin Khathila, made it clear, in a statement he delivered recently, before the Ninth Review Conference of the States Parties to the Convention on the Prohibition of Biological Weapons held in Geneva, that the Kingdom submits the required annual confidence-building measures reports to the Convention Implementation Support Unit.


He affirms that the use, development, production, and stockpiling of biological and toxin weapons is prohibited under Article 1 of the Convention, as it poses a threat to the rules of international humanitarian law, and that the Convention must be implemented in a manner aimed at avoiding impeding economic or technological development or international cooperation in the field of peaceful biological activities for social and economic progress. , and combating infectious diseases and bioterrorism threats.


He indicated that the Kingdom is working on updating national legislation periodically to be effective and compatible with what is stipulated in international treaties and agreements. Thus, it will be easier for the government to protect its citizens from the dangers of substances and educate them about them. This is in the belief that achieving the objectives of the Convention will be more effective by increasing public awareness of its contribution.


He added, saying: Saudi Arabia also established the Saudi National Authority for Conventions on the Prohibition of Chemical and Biological Weapons to act as a national contact with specialized international organizations to enhance cooperation and consultation with them and to contribute to the preparation, review, and updating of public policies related to those weapons, and among the most prominent concrete efforts undertaken by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; The National Plan for Response to Bacterial Incidents, and the draft development of the executive regulations for the implementation of the Biological Weapons Convention.


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