New York, 20 September 2023 (TDI): Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan had a series of important meetings with senior officials during his visit to New York for the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 78).
These meetings included discussions with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and several other international counterparts.
The discussions focused on various topics, with particular attention to the Kingdom’s efforts in hosting a delegation from Sanaa, Yemen, in pursuit of a roadmap for lasting peace in the region.
Prince Faisal met with foreign ministers from the Netherlands Hanke Gerdina Johannette, Finland’s Elina Valtonen, and Pakistan’s Jalil Abbas Jilani. He also met with Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister Philip Pierre.
These bilateral discussions explored ways to strengthen relations across multiple sectors and engage in bilateral and multilateral initiatives.
On the sidelines of the UNGA 78, Prince Faisal also held a meeting with Ibrahim Thiaw, the executive secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).
During this meeting, the Kingdom’s initiatives and efforts to preserve the environment, including the Saudi Green and Middle East Green initiatives, were discussed.
These initiatives align with global sustainable development goals.
Furthermore, Prince Faisal engaged in discussions with Romanian Foreign Minister Luminita Odobescu.
Their conversation centered on enhancing bilateral relations, strengthening cooperation in various fields, and addressing prominent international issues.
Deputy Minister for International Multilateral Affairs Dr. Abdulrahman AlRassi participated in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Contact Group meeting on the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.
The meeting emphasized the importance of adhering to international recommendations to address the root causes of the crisis and protect Rohingya Muslims, a minority group in Myanmar.
In these meetings, Saudi Arabia reaffirmed its commitment to protecting civilians and minorities in Myanmar, especially Rohingya Muslims.
Prince Faisal’s participation in these high-level meetings reflects Saudi Arabia’s active role in international affairs and its dedication to building relationships and addressing global challenges.