Saudi Arabia’s King Salman 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.
The king’s annual remarks to the Shura Council, a top governmental advisory body, were his first public comments since the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the country’s consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, which sparked a global outcry.
King Salman condemned the actions of Iran, its arch-rival for influence in the region, including in the conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.
The king said Riyadh supported U.N. efforts to end the conflict in Yemen, where an Arab-backed coalition has been battling Iran-aligned Houthi rebels for nearly four years to restore the internationally-recognized government.
In his speech, King Salman said Saudi Arabia would continue working with OPEC and non-OPEC members to maintain stability in global energy markets.
He also reaffirmed Saudi support for a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.
On Monday the king signaled that the crown prince remains empowered to pursue ambitious economic reforms, praising a “comprehensive developmental transformation” underway.
King Salman also praised the Saudi judiciary and prosecution service for “performing the duties they were entrusted with”, without elaborating.