US backs Yemen action led by KSA

Updated 08 September 2015
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US backs Yemen action led by KSA

The US has reaffirmed its support for Saudi-led military action taken in Yemen, saying that the goal eventually is to achieve peace and stability in that country through a negotiated political solution.

The US also underscored its commitment to Saudi Arabia's security, while offering its condolences to the government and people on the deaths of 10 Saudi soldiers in Yemen on Friday.
“The US mission in Saudi Arabia expresses its deep regret for the loss of 10 Saudi soldiers in last Friday’s attack in Yemen,” said a statement released by the American Embassy here Sunday. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the fallen during this difficult time,” said the statement pledging support to the Kingdom.
The statement said that “our commitment to Saudi Arabia remains firm and we continue to urge all parties to seek a negotiated political solution to this conflict.”
The pledge to honor US commitments to Saudi Arabia comes Sunday, when Saudi-led fighter jets bombed Houthi military positions and army installations in and around Sanaa.
Airstrikes from the Saudi-led coalition destroyed a key rebel encampment in the country’s capital, rocking downtown with blasts that also hit a school, restaurants and embassies, according to witnesses and officials from both sides of the conflict.
The renewed US support comes following the joint statement of the summit talks between Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and US President Barack Obama in Washington on Friday.
Obama said the US shares King Salman's desire for an inclusive, functioning government in Yemen that can relieve that impoverished Arab country's humanitarian crisis.
The fresh strikes came after the coalition announced it would be carrying out its “heaviest” aerial campaign against the militias, following the deaths of 45 soldiers from the UAE, 10 from Saudi Arabia and five from Bahrain.


Abdul-Mahdi: Relations between Iraq and GCC ‘must progress’

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Abdul-Mahdi: Relations between Iraq and GCC ‘must progress’

  • Abdul-Mahdi and Al-Zayani discussed the development of relations between Iraq and GCC countries and issues of mutual interest
  • Abdul-Mahdi also attended the Saudi-Iraqi Business Forum, which included representatives from large Saudi companies

RIYADH: Relations between Iraq and the Gulf Cooperation Council are important and “must progress, ” Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi said on Thursday.
On the second day of his visit to Saudi Arabia, Abdul-Mahdi met with the secretary general of the GCC, Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani in Riyadh.
Abdul-Mahdi and Al-Zayani discussed the development of relations between Iraq and GCC countries and issues of mutual interest.
“Cooperation and economic relations must progress for the better,” Abdul-Mahdi said.

Saudi Arabia and Iraq have agreed to cooperate in security and intelligence matters, Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed Ali Al-Hakim told Al Arabiya television. 
Meanwhile, Abdul-Mahdi also attended the Saudi-Iraqi Business Forum, which included representatives from large Saudi companies.
He also inaugurated an exhibition on Wednesday called “Cities Destroyed by Terrorism” that is showing at the National Museum in Riyadh. The exhibition was organised by the Minister of Culture and the Arab World Institute in Paris.
The Iraqi prime minister arrived in Riyadh on Wednesday for a two-day visit to the Kingdom. He held talks with King Salman on relations between the two countries, and later met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.


His visit to the Kingdom “symbolizes the Iraqi government's vision in aiming to bolster ties with the Kingdom in all fields,” the Iraqi prime minister said on Facebook.
The two countries signed 13 agreements and memorandums of understanding between their various ministries. The deals covered many areas including energy, education, culture and political consultation.