Saudi FM in Brussels: We have zero tolerance for terrorism
:: Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir said in a press conference in Brussels, “We have had constructive talks and look forward to deepening relations with Europe,” reported Al Arabiya on Thursday.
Al-Jubair said Saudi Arabia’s policy on combating terrorism and extremism is very firm adding that the boycotting countries want Qatar to stop supporting, harboring and inciting terrorists.
During the press conference with his Belgian counterpart Didier Reynders, al-Jubair said, “our demands from Qatar fall within the frame of international policies in the global fight against terrorism.”
“Our policy is zero tolerance for terrorism and its sources of funding,” he said. Al-Jubair explained that Vision 2030 carries a strategic plan for the future of Saudi Arabia.
The Saudi minister said that Saudi Arabia has thousands of students in the world’s top universities, pointing out that Saudi Arabia has made great strides towards a stable and prosperous future.
He pointed out that Saudi Arabia hosted the conference against terrorism with the participation of 50 countries. “We have strong relations with other countries and we cooperate with global intelligence against terrorism,” he said.
“Qatar allows its media to spread the word of hatred and incitement,” Al-Jubeir said, but hoped that Qatar would respond and meet the demands to stop supporting terrorism.
Regarding Yemen, the Saudi foreign minister said that “we are always working to increase the aid allocated to Yemen,” noting that “we expressed support for the efforts of UN envoy Ould Cheikh Ahmed.”
On Iran, al-Jubair said that Tehran “continues its attempts to interfere in the internal affairs of neighboring countries … We have discussed Iran’s activities in the region and is continuing backing up of terrorists.”
In turn, the Belgian foreign minister said his country is working with Saudi Arabia to combat extremism and terrorism.