Riyadh "Riyadh Daily"
Principles and Values

The visit of His Highness the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and looking at the pictures of the city before and after it came under atomic bombing at the end of the Second World War in 1945 held a myriad of implicit messages confirming Riyadh's belief in the deep-rooted principles and values that weapons of mass destruction threaten the international peace and security, and so there is a need to free the Middle East and the world of these weapons on an urgent basis.

These principles and values explain the fact that the Kingdom is at the top of the list of states that have acceded to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) as well as acceding to the Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), believing that peace and security in the whole world cannot be achieved in the existence of these weapons that threaten humanity but by strengthening peace, cooperation and consultation among states and striving for development and progress.

In its recent history, the Kingdom has not failed to exert more political and diplomatic efforts to achieve the elimination of nuclear weapons from the Middle East and the world as part of treaties and legal and ethical frameworks aimed at finding a world free of nuclear weapons. 

The Kingdom's keenness to free the Middle East of weapons of mass destruction always came earlier when it warned the international community of complacency with Israel, being the only party in the region that did not accede to the NPT. 

The Kingdom demanded the importance of subjecting all the Jewish state's nuclear facilities to the Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement of the International Atomic Energy Agency. It is also keento prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons by which it threatens its neighbors and spreads terrorism in the world.

Meanwhile, the Kingdom considers it an inherent right of all states to peacefully use the nuclear energy, in accordance with the IAEA standards and procedures, and under its supervision. 

Moreover, it encourages the facilitation of the transfer of technology, expertise and equipment related to the development of the atomic energy peaceful uses, in a manner that serves humankind and enhances the applications of the nuclear energy as a friendly-environment source. 

Also, the Kingdom urged the leading countries in the nuclear industry to cooperate to remove obstacles in the way of the nuclear technology transfer to the developing countries, a matter that clearly reveals the noble humanitarian positions of the Kingdom on whatever that would consolidates peace and promotes harmony among people of different cultures and ethnicities, and most importantly, provide support for the poor nations and support their right to live in peace and security side by side with the rich and powerful nations.

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