It is my pleasure to have the honor of overseeing this workshop as directed by His Royal Highness Prince Saud Al-Faisal, the Foreign Minister. I am pleased as well to welcome His Excellency the Secretary General of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, the Chairman of the U.N. Security Council 1540 Committee, the Vice Chairman of the 1540 Committee, and the brethren representatives of participating Arab states.
 
          The world is witnessing today sequential developments and transformations emanating from a multitude of variables such as the tendencies of some sates to develop its nuclear capabilities in order to produce nuclear weapons. Since this approach is considered a source of threat and instability, the international community, more than ever before, is required to deal with this phenomenon in a serious and responsible spirit. Accordingly, consolidation of the course of security and stability in the region is not the sole responsibility of states in the region but rather the responsibility of the international community as well. It is therefore a joint and collective responsibility. Our region, in view of its geographic location and being an important source of energy, is inherently connected with international security and stability, a matter that require joint international efforts to strengthen this course in the region.
 
The Middle East area is suffering from instability and lack of security because of the challenges and crisis that persisted for a long time and thus, it rendered the region hostage to real dangers such as the acquisition of some states to lethal weapons which constitute a present danger, or making it susceptible to potential dangers springing from the capacities and capabilities of some states in the area to produce such weapons.
 
Thereupon, one of the major elements of achieving security and stability in any given region in the world, is the realization that consultation and cooperation among states, and respecting the concerns of each party is the best way to reach these objectives. Non acquisition of lethal weapons, or attempting to acquire them, non-interference in the internal affairs of other states or seeking to control or dominate them will lead to security and stability. Pursuing policies contrary to such pre-requisites, constitute overwhelming risks that threaten peace, stability and development programs.
 
Real peace, must be built on mutual trust, good will, and on the clarity of goals and objectives of states and peoples particularly when we live in a world interconnected with its goals and objectives. Any attempt to tamper with its security and stability will have negative and comprehensive consequences. Therefore, efforts of the international community must be dedicated in the first place, to creating a world predominated by security and stability. We all agree to that accomplishing these objectives, is beset by a lot of difficulties, obstacles and challenges. None the less, the international resolve must be guided by a great sense of responsibility in dealing with such dangers and challenges. Making humankind happy, and realizing its security and stability is a collective responsibility. We either live to achieve such essentials, or suffer a great many detrimental effects as a direct consequence for negligence. Security and stability coupled with prosperity and development may not be accomplished except within a healthy, secure, and stable environment.
 
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia believes in the importance of taking part in international efforts to strengthen every undertaking that prevents the region from sliding into the dangers of a feverish nuclear arms race which would have disastrous effects on regional stability. Accordingly, the Kingdom participated in many important conferences and meetings aiming at averting such dangers. Among such activities was taking part in the workshops program affiliated with the U. N. Security Council Resolution No. 1540 that is dedicated to non-proliferation of arms of mass destruction. Undoubtedly, this resolution constitutes a cornerstone for an international order where security and stability prevail. Thus, my country reiterates its support of this resolution and calls upon all states to adhere to it.
 
I would like to take advantage of this important gathering to refer to the significant steps undertaken by the relevant government agencies in the Kingdom, agencies that are associated  with implementing this resolution at the national level. The steps aim at thwarting any attempt to deliver weapons of mass destruction to terrorist organizations, intensifying control and protection of service providers of nuclear, biological, and chemical materials. Within this framework, The Kingdom previously submitted a report that detailed measures connected with making the Middle East a nuclear  weapons free area, an act that is closely related to this resolution. It is noteworthy at this juncture, that the United Nations’ General Assembly adopted the making of the Middle East a nuclear weapons free area in 1974, a matter that was agreed upon once again in 1980.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ladies and Gentlemen
    
When the Kingdom submitted its report to the Security Council’s Committee that was established by Resolution 1540, the submission was in accordance with article 4 of the resolution. Today, and within the context of this workshop, the Kingdom is looking forward towards consolidating cooperation and coordination with your esteemed committee, to serve the security and stability of the region and simultaneously promote joint collaboration and efforts. Erstwhile, The Kingdom ratified the nuclear guarantees and the Protocol on small quantities attached therewith. Saudi Arabia also signed the agreement on the non proliferation of chemical and biological weapons and the nuclear terrorism agreement. To this end, the Kingdom established organizational frameworks and structures at the national level to assure the best possible means of implementing these agreements.
 
I would like as well, to refer to the international conference to combat terrorism which the Kingdom organized in Riyadh in February 20906. The conference was held by invitation of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Bin Abdul – Aziz. In its final statement                     [The Declaration of Riyadh] the conference called for the strengthening of international efforts to prevent terrorist organizations from obtaining weapons of mass destruction, and for the full implementation of U.N. Security Council Resolution No. 1540. I would also opt to direct attention to the Kingdom’s participation in the Nuclear Security Summit that was held in Washington D.C last April and announced at its conclusion, a work plan that reaffirmed the importance of follow up on implementing Resolution 1540.
 
 
 
Ladies and Gentlemen
 
          The efforts exerted by government entities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia clearly reflect the interest and keenness of the Government of the Two Holy Mosques to apply effective measures and procedures. Such steps aim at reaching the highest level of prevention and protection at the national level, and at supporting international efforts in this regard and thus, enhance the protection and safety of the international community. Without a doubt, in order to enable the United Nations and other international organizations to assume their prescribed roles, members of the international community must be committed to the adherence and respect of  the goals and objectives for which these organizations were established. At the forefront of such goals and objectives is the maintenance of international peace and security as depicted in the charter of the United Nations and its Security Council.
 
          The issues and discussions that takes place in this important workshop will fundamentally contribute to promoting the concepts and objectives of this resolution. The benefits accrued from holding the workshop including the ideas and recommendations stemming from its activities will be reflected in the national scene. The Saudi Government experts involved in implementing this resolution will take into their accounts and consideration all the views and discussions that took place, when preparing the upcoming report. We look to that the next report will satisfy a great number of issues and concerns addressed by the resolution such as the legal, organizational, and administrative measures that include enforcement of prohibitions and controls, and the issuing of legislation that addresses these purposes. Organizing this workshop is in line with what was stated in the final report.
 
          In conclusion  we hope that the workshop will bring about what is useful and constructive. Saudi Arabia and other countries will benefit from the activities and discussions therein even though the workshop is a reflection of the Kingdom’s intent to energize the resolution at the national level.
 
          I would also like to present my gratitude to all participants in the workshop, and commend in particular, the major role of officials of the King Abdullah City for Science and Technology, to my colleagues in the Foreign Ministry and other government agencies, and to the international experts who will take part in the workshop, wishing everybody ample success.
 
 
Thank you