Saudi UN delegation hosts Yemen coalition experts

Ambassador Abdallah Al-Mouallimi (R), Saudi Arabia's Permanent Representative to the U.N., speaks to the media next to Saudi general Mesfer Al-Ghanim during a news conference in New York, U.S., in this March 1, 2017 photo. (REUTERS)
Updated 04 March 2017
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Saudi UN delegation hosts Yemen coalition experts

NEW YORK: The Kingdom’s permanent mission to the UN in New York hosted from Feb. 27 to March 2 a senior delegation of military experts from the coalition to restore legitimacy in Yemen, headed by Maj. Gen. Misfer Al-Ghanem.
He said in a press statement that military experts held a string of meetings with representatives of UN member states participating in the coalition, experts from the Security Council, UN officials, and representatives of international and humanitarian organizations, in the presence of Saudi Ambassador to the UN Abdallah Al-Moallimi.
The meetings were attended by John Ging, operations director of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), and representatives of UNICEF, the UN Environment Program, the UN Population Fund, the UN Department of Safety and Security, the World Bank and the World Food Program (WFP). A special meeting was held with members of the Kingdom’s permanent mission in New York.
The press statement said the meetings focused on coalition objectives and achievements, promoting security and stability in Yemen, and fighting terrorism in the country and the region.
The statement said the experts gave a briefing on the coalition’s military and humanitarian operations, and its commitment to international humanitarian law.
They also gave a briefing on violations of UN Security Council resolutions and international law by Yemeni rebels, and the damage they have caused to civilian installations in Saudi Arabia.
The statement also pointed to rebel use of children and other civilians as human shields, their recruitment of children for military operations, and the targeting of their opponents by assassination or arrest.
The Saudi delegation also highlighted efforts by the committee on evacuation and humanitarian operations, and the King Salman Humanitarian and Relief Center — in coordination with coalition forces, Yemen’s legitimate government, and UN and other humanitarian organizations — to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance to Yemenis throughout their country, including areas under rebel control.


Al-Jubeir: Saudi-led coalition ‘working with UN to end Yemen conflict’

The Houthis should engage in the political process and respond to the will of the international community to end the war and end the coup against the legitimate government, said Saudi Arabia's foreign minister. (AFP)
Updated 16 November 2018
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Al-Jubeir: Saudi-led coalition ‘working with UN to end Yemen conflict’

  • Since day one, we said that the solution… is a political solution, says Saudi FM
  • Al-Jubeir: Saudi Arabia is the largest provider of humanitarian aid to Yemen, providing more than $13 billion since the start of the conflict

RIYADH: The Saudi-led coalition is working with UN envoy Martin Griffith to reach a political solution to the conflict in Yemen based on UN Security Council resolution 2216, the Gulf Initiative and the outcomes of Yemeni national dialogue, the Saudi foreign minister said on Thursday. 

“Since day one, we said that the solution… is a political solution, and the solution should lead to the restoration of legitimacy in Yemen,” said Adel Al-Jubeir.

“We support a peaceful solution in Yemen. We support the efforts of the UN envoy for the Yemeni cause,” he added.

“We are committed to providing all humanitarian support to our brothers there. We are also working on the post-war reconstruction of Yemen.” The Kingdom supports the envoy’s efforts to hold negotiations at the end of November, added Al-Jubeir.

Saudi Arabia is the largest provider of humanitarian aid to Yemen, providing more than $13 billion since the start of the conflict, he said.

In contrast, Houthi militias are imposing restrictions on Yemeni cities and villages, leading to starvation, he added. 

They are also seizing humanitarian aid and preventing Yemenis from getting cholera vaccinations, Al-Jubeir said. 

The Houthis fire ballistic missiles indiscriminately at Saudi Arabia, use children as fighters and plant mines across Yemen, he added. 

The Houthis should engage in the political process and respond to the will of the international community to end the war and end the coup against the legitimate government, he said.

Saudi Arabia did not want the conflict in Yemen; it was imposed on the Kingdom, Al-Jubeir added. 

Saudi Arabia worked with other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states to develop the Gulf Initiative. 

This led to a transition from former President Ali Abdullah Saleh to the internationally recognized government headed by current President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

The Kingdom also worked to develop Yemeni national dialogue that led to a Yemeni vision regarding the country’s future.

A new Yemeni constitution was about to be drafted when the Houthis seized much of the country, including the capital. 

Yemen’s legitimate government requested support, and the Saudi-led coalition responded under Article 51 of the UN Charter.