US defense secretary condemns terror attack on Saudi warship

James Mattis, shown in this file photo taken on Jan. 12, 2017, condemned the terrorist attack on a Saudi frigate west of the port of Hodeidah. (AFP)
Updated 01 February 2017
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US defense secretary condemns terror attack on Saudi warship

JEDDAH: The US Secretary of Defense James Mattis has condemned the recent terror attack on a Saudi navy patrol near the Yemeni port of Hodeidah. At least two people were killed when three Houthi suicide boats attacked a Saudi patrol frigate, the coalition in support of the legitimate Yemeni government said on Monday. Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, second deputy prime minister and minister of defense, held a telephone conversation with Mattis on Tuesday. At the beginning of the call, the US secretary of defense condemned the terrorist incident against the Saudi frigate west of the port of Hodeidah, and offered condolences on the death of the Saudi sailors, the official Saudi Press Agency reported. The deputy crown prince thanked Mattis for his noble feelings toward the Kingdom, pointing out the strategic relations between the two countries, which extend for more than eighty years. The two also discussed the fight against terrorism, militias and piracy. They also stressed their rejection of the “interventions by the Iranian regime and its agents in the affairs of countries in the region in order to undermine security and stability in them.” The deputy crown prince and Mattis also stressed the implementation of directives by King Salman and the US President Donald Trump following the historic telephone call between the two leaders earlier this week, in which they discussed measures to fight terrorism.


Saudi ambassador to US: Establishing peace is one of the pillars of Kingdom’s foreign policy

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Saudi ambassador to US: Establishing peace is one of the pillars of Kingdom’s foreign policy

Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States, Prince Khalid bin Salman, said the signing of the peace agreement between Ethiopia and Eritrea is part of the kingdom’s foreign policy in establishing peace and stability.

“The Kingdom has always been the cornerstone of peace in the region and the world, and has spared no effort in many countries, foremost among them Palestine, Lebanon, Afghanistan and many others,” the ambassador said.

“As some countries begin to cultivate sectarian divisions, the kingdom seeks to resolve their disputes,” he added.

He expressed his thanks to the UAE in their efforts in the signing of the peace deal between the two countries.

The ambassador pointed out that the security of the Red Sea, especially the Bab Al Mandab Strait and the Horn of Africa, is one of the Kingdom’s security concerns, regionally and globally.

The ambassador stressed the Kingdom’s continued efforts to preserve security in this region from external threats, including Iranian-backed militias as well as piracy.