GCC: Hezbollah terror group

Updated 13 June 2013
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GCC: Hezbollah terror group

The Gulf Cooperation Council yesterday unanimously declared Lebanon-based Hezbollah a terrorist organization and said it would take measures against the group’s interest in the Gulf countries.
“All GCC countries are convinced that Hezbollah is a terrorist organization,” Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Ghanim bin Fadl Al-Buainain told reporters following a meeting of GCC foreign ministers in Jeddah.
He said the GCC countries had always tried to establish better ties with Iran and asked Tehran to stop its provocative actions including meddling in the internal affairs of Bahrain and espionage against Saudi Arabia.
GCC Secretary-General Abdullatif Al-Zayani said the six-member group is ready to have dialogue with Iran if it changes its policies.
“There is no difference of opinion among the GCC countries on considering Hezbollah a terrorist organization, especially after its involvement in the Syrian conflict,” Al-Buainain said referring to the armed militia’s fighting in Qusayr alongside regime forces.
The GCC foreign and finance ministers had a joint meeting here yesterday to discuss important topics for strengthening economic and trade ties among the member states.
The meeting discussed Gulf security, “continued Iranian threats, especially the busting of Iranian spy rings,” in a number of GCC states.
Kuwait has already convicted several Iranians and one of its own citizens for operating a spy ring for Tehran, while Saudi Arabia and Bahrain have busted Iranian spy cells.


Prince Khalid bin Salman: We will always be committed to ‘our brothers in Yemen’

Prince Khalid bin Salman highlighted the commitment of the KSA and the UAE to Yemen. (File/AFP)
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Prince Khalid bin Salman: We will always be committed to ‘our brothers in Yemen’

  • KSA and UAE have always been and will always be committed to our brothers in Yemen, says Prince Khalid
  • Prince Khalid blamed Houthis for breaking a ceasefire

JEDDAH: The commitment of the Kingdom and ally United Arab Emirates to the Yemeni people is historic and will endure, the Saudi ambassador to the US said Wednesday. 
“KSA and UAE have always been and will always be committed to our brothers in Yemen,” Prince Khalid bin Salman said in a Tweet.
On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia and the UAE announced a $500 million package for Yemen in response to the food crisis to support more than 10 million people.
Prince Khalid blamed the Iranian-backed Houthis for breaking a recent ceasefire in the country.
“Houthis announced a ceasefire in which they said they will halt all missile attacks against Coalition countries and Yemeni forces. 13 hours later, they launched a missile targeting Maidi. This is consistent with their pattern of lying and violating commitments.”
“This is after all consistent with their Iranian masters’ playbook. On Yemen, while the Iranian Foreign Minister denies any involvement, the IRGC Deputy Commander Hossein Salami boasts of ‘new bases from the Mediterranean to the Red Sea',” he added.
A Saudi-led military coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015, backing government forces fighting the Houthi militia.
Earlier Wednesday, UN envoy Martin Griffiths flew to Sanaa for talks with Houthi leaders as he attempts to revive a peace process that collapsed in acrimony in Switzerland in September when the Houthis failed to show up.