UK defense minister backs KSA's efforts to bring about Yemen settlement

British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon (left) meets with Saudi Assistant Defense Minister Mohammad Al-Ayeesh in this photo posted on the UK Defense Ministry's Twitter account. (Courtesy photo)
Updated 11 December 2016
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UK defense minister backs KSA's efforts to bring about Yemen settlement

LONDON: British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon on Sunday said Saudi Arabia is entitled to bring about a settlement in Yemen that restores the legitimate government.
“It (Saudi Arabia) is perfectly entitled to defend itself and it is also leading the coalition to restore the legitimate government of Yemen,” Fallon told the BBC.
A Saudi-led Arab coalition threw its support behind the UN-recognized government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi in March 2015 amid a rebellion by Iran-backed Houthis in cooperation with loyalists of disgraced former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Houthi militias have periodically launched attacks across the southern Saudi border with Yemen. Their rocket and missile attacks have also killed dozens of soldiers and civilians.
Fighting in Yemen have resulted in more than 10,000 deaths, according to a UN agency.


Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman pledges commitment to Saudi-Indian relations

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Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman pledges commitment to Saudi-Indian relations

  • The crown prince says his visit to India will improve centuries-old ties which he said are “in our DNA”
  • The prime minister will host a lunch for the visiting dignitaries, while in the evening President Ram Nath Kovind will host a banquet in honor of the Saudi crown prince

DUBAI: India and Saudi Arabia’s relationship will be maintained for thousands of years, the Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman said after ceremonial welcoming in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Stopping briefly to speak to journalists, he said his visit to India would improve centuries-old ties which he said are “in our DNA.”

“We want to be sure India and Saudi Arabia’s relationship is maintained for thousands of years,” the crown prince said, flanked by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind.

“I believe there’s a lot of Saudi work in India,” he added.

The crown prince, who arrived in India on Tuesday night after visiting Pakistan, will take part in talks with Modi that are expected to be wide-ranging.

The countries' two-way trade totaled $27.5 billion last year.

The prime minister will also host a lunch for the visiting dignitaries, while in the evening President Ram Nath Kovind will host a banquet in honor of the Saudi crown prince, who is accompanied by a high-level delegation that includes ministers, senior officials and leading Saudi businessmen.