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Fri - 29 Mar 2019 - 03:25 AM ،،،

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 Saudi Arabia hosted the 12th meeting of the heads of the legislative councils of the GCC countries in Jeddah on Thursday, under the chairmanship of  the speaker of the Saudi Shoura Council, Sheikh Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al-Sheikh.

Al-Sheikh said that the Kingdom, led by King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has always attached particular importance to defending Arab and Islamic causes during regional and international forums,adding that the Palestinian cause is at the core of Saudi Arabia’s concerns, as it continues to support the people of Palestine to obtain their legitimate rights, including the establishment of an independent state, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

He also pointed to the sufferings of the Yemeni people due to the Iran-backed Houthi militias violations and maltreatment. He said the GCC countries are still working to restore peace and stability to Yemen through the Arab Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen.

Since 2014, the Kingdom has provided more than $13 billion worth of relief and development assistance to Yemen in addition to a recent donation of $500 million as part of the Swift Response Plan for the humanitarian situations in Yemen, he said.

Our countries reiterate their call for a political solution of the conflict, based on the Security Council resolution No. 2216, the GCC initiative and the Yemeni reconciliation conference outcomes, he said.

He added that our countries are also still subject to terror threats, led by Iranian danger which engulfs our region through its interfering policies and support of terrorist organizations and countries.

The Kingdom calls for standing firmly against Iran's terrorist schemes, led by developing nuclear programs and ballistic missiles as well as its occupation of UAE three islands, he said, reiterating its denunciation of the terrorist attack against Muslim worshippers in New Zealand recently.