NEW YORK, 17th October, 2016 (WAM) — Saudi Arabia has called on states to take immediate effective measures to enhance the protection, security and safety of diplomatic and Consular missions.

“Safety and security of diplomatic and Consular missions are at the top of our concerns, and there is need to work to improve and develop effective measures in this regard,” said Mohammed Al-Subaie, First Secretary of Saudi Arabia’s permanent delegation to the United Nations, at the 6th Legal Committee of the United Nations General Assembly 71st Session on Item 82 relating to the consideration of effective measures to enhance the protection, security and safety of diplomatic and Consular missions and diplomatic and Consular representatives.

According to the Saudi Press Agency, SPA, Al-Subaie also said that the Kingdom has taken initiatives to ensure the safety and security of diplomatic missions and representatives either in the capital, Riyadh, or other cities, and followed strict security procedures, as well as the allocation of a Permanent Committee for the Protection of Diplomats within the Ministry of Interior.

“Taking effective measures to enhance the protection, security and safety of diplomatic and Consular missions and representatives is a tool to sway international responsibility towards the state which breached its obligations towards citizens of other states and their nationals, and we should look at the concept as one of the ways to ensure the rights of individuals in the international community and the protection of the interests of countries.

“The Kingdom condemns recent attacks against Saudi diplomatic missions in Tehran and Mashhad, which constitute a flagrant violation of the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations of 1961, the Vienna Convention on Consular relations of 1963, and international law which guarantees the inviolability of diplomatic missions, and imposes full immunity and respect for diplomatic missions accredited to any state in a clear and binding manner,” he said.

In conclusion, he called on all states that have not yet acceded to the conventions and international treaties related to the security, and the protection and safety of diplomatic and Consular missions and their representatives, to make every effort to become a member.

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