Euro­pean Par­lia­ment reaf­firms strong ties with Saudi Ara­bia


RIYADH: A seven-mem­ber del­e­ga­tion from the Saudi Par­lia­men­tary Friend­ship Com­mit­tee, led by Prince Khalid bin Ab­dul­lah bin Mishari, met in Brus­sels on Mon­day with mem­bers of the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment, who reaf­firmed the strong ties be­tween the King­dom and Europe.

The head of the Par­lia­ment’s Del­e­ga­tion for re­la­tions with the Ara­bian Penin­sula (DARP), Michele Al­liot-Marie, said that the pres­ence of the Saudi del­e­ga­tion was very sig­nif­i­cant and re­flected the de­sire to strengthen the King­dom’s re­la­tions with the EU.

“The Gulf re­gion is very im­por­tant for the sta­bil­ity of the world,” Al­liot-Marie said. “Sta­bil­ity is a mat­ter of in­ter­est to Europe, and re­la­tions with Saudi Ara­bia are strong in all ar­eas: Eco­nomic, trade, se­cu­rity and en­ergy.”

“Ev­ery­one has wit­nessed the progress in the King­dom and the achieve­ments made,” Prince Khalid said, adding that Saudi Ara­bia is de­ter­mined to end the suf­fer­ing of the Ye­meni peo­ple by sup­port­ing the le­git­i­macy and ef­forts of friendly coun­tries to ne­go­ti­ate rec­on­cil­i­a­tion.

He stressed that the King­dom notes the ef­forts of the UN en­voy to reach a po­lit­i­cal so­lu­tion in ac­cor­dance with the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil’s res­o­lu­tion.

Al­liot-Marie pointed out that the po­lit­i­cal cri­sis be­tween Qatar and Saudi, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt is of con­cern to the EU, which hopes a quick so­lu­tion can be reached.

Prince Khalid ex­pressed re­gret over the mis­guided stance of the Qatari gov­ern­ment, point­ing out that the de­ci­sion taken by the four coun­tries is part of their ju­ris­dic­tion in the fight against ter­ror­ism.

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