Houthis hit 3 Saudi aid trucks in Yemen

In this photo taken in April 2017, a convoy of KSRelief trucks are seen delivering food in Aden, Yemen. KSRelief said on Thursday said three of its trucks were blown up by Iran-backed Houthi terrorists while preparing to distribute food aid in the city of Marib. (SPA file photo)
Updated 15 June 2017
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Houthis hit 3 Saudi aid trucks in Yemen

JEDDAH: The King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Assistance (KSRelief) said three of its trucks were blown up while preparing to distribute food aid in the Yemeni city of Marib early Thursday morning.
“Specialized teams in the coalition to support legitimacy in Yemen have begun to investigate the incident. Preliminary evidence indicates that it resulted from an explosive device planted at the place where the trucks were parked,” it said.
The trucks were blown up at 1 a.m. as they stopped to unload food aid next to a warehouse.
Food and in-kind assistance was being delivered to Yemenis on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan as part of the ongoing KSRelief assistance program.
The Center said the incident would not impact ongoing humanitarian and food aid, which the Center provides to the Yemeni people as part of Operation Restoration Hope.


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.