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Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs addresses 40th Session of Human Rights Council in Geneva

Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir has affirmed that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is witnessing developments and reforms in various fields at all levels, upon the directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and direct supervision of His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, within the framework of implementing the Kingdom's Vision 2030 to be an approach setting public policies and employing Kingdom's potentialities.

This came in his speech at the high-level segment of the 40th Ordinary Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva yesterday.

The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs said that many developments and reforms have taken place in the Kingdom in the field of human rights, in terms of women's rights and children's protection.

Minister Al-Jubeir said that the Kingdom's vision aims at empowering the women participation in the labor market to be increased from 22% to 30% by 2030.

Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir pointed out that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's position on the Palestinian cause is firm and it categorically rejects any prejudice to the historical and legal status of the city of Jerusalem (Al-Quds). The Kingdom calls on the relevant United Nations organs and mechanisms, including the Human Rights Council, to fulfill their responsibilities to defend the rights of the Palestinian people, including their right to self-determination and establishment of their independent state on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem (AlQuds) as its capital, he added.

The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs stressed the Kingdom's stand with the brotherly Syrian people and their right to territorial integrity, independence, unity, and free from any foreign forces. It also stresses the importance of finding an urgent solution to this crisis under Security Council resolution 2254, looking forward to continuing support for the efforts of the United Nations envoy.

Minister Al-Jubeir said that the Kingdom's government condemns gross and systematic violations of human rights being committed against the Rohingya minority, and calls for concerted efforts to put an end to these violations, return refugees to their lands and provide them with humanitarian assistance.

He affirmed that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's stance is consistent in supporting Yemen, its people and legitimate government in confronting the Iran-backed terrorist Houthi militia, which is the main cause of the conflict in Yemen.

"The Kingdom continues to provide all forms of support and assistance to the brotherly people of Yemen," Al-Jubeir said, referring to assistance amounting to more than 13 billion US dollars by January 2019 and providing $ 500 million for 2019 at Pledging Conference on Yemen on Tuesday.

The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs called on the international community to put an end to the Iran's violations of human rights, including the violations being committed against groups of the Iranian people, cross-border violations, interference in the internal affairs of the countries of the region, and inciting sectarian conflicts through its support for parties and terrorist militias.

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