Date: Thursday, 20 September 2018
Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the United States, Sheikh Khalid bin Salman, has said that the security of the Red Sea is of vital importance both for his country and the entire region.
Sheikh Khalid tweeted on Wednesday after Saudi Arabia played a part in brokering the Jeddah Peace accord that ended 20 years of enmity between Ethiopia and Eritrea.
“A key pillar of Saudi Arabia’s foreign policy is peacemaking; promoting development; and maintaining security. Saudi Arabia with support from the UAE, achieved the Jeddah Peace Agreement between Ethiopia & Eritrea, which ended 20 years of war and will bring stability, security to a vital region,” Sheikh Khalid wrote.
The ambassador said his country has always been at the forefront of reconciliation efforts and promoting peace. “While others exploit conflicts to sow division, Saudi Arabia mediates, with successful outcomes going back decades, including; Palestine, Lebanon, Afghanistan, among others,” he said.
The security of Bab al-Mandab Strait and the Horn of Africa, according to the ambassador, was important as 15 percent of the world’s trade passes through those strategic areas.
“Saudi Arabia will keep working towards safeguarding the region from instability whether it‘s from piracy or Iran's militias,” he added.