King Salman Delivers Opening Speech at Shoura Council

King Salman gave his annual speech at the opening of the third year of the Shoura Council’s seventh session on Monday and discussed a number of regional and local issues.

The King urged the international community on Monday to halt Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs, and reiterated the kingdom’s support for U.N. efforts to end the war in Yemen, according to Reuters. The King also said he looked forward to continuing efforts to strengthen cooperation between the Kingdom and Iraq, having met with the Iraqi president on Sunday.

Top Saudi officials, businessmen, and royals attended the speech. According to journalist and advisor to the Saudi Embassy in Washington Fahad Nazer, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Sheikh Abdulaziz Al AlShaikh, the Grand Mufti, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, and Prince Alwaleed bin Talal were in the audience to hear the King’s remarks.

According to Arab News, King Salman said that Saudi Arabia stands with Yemen and that the Kingdom supports a political solution for the country, in accordance with the UN Security Council resolution and the Gulf initiative. He added that it was not an option, but a duty to counter the Houthi militia. The king also said Yemen’s internationally recognized government had agreed to participate in future peace talks in Sweden.