Anti-Terror Quartet meeting underscores demands made in Qatar crisis

Updated 31 July 2017
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Anti-Terror Quartet meeting underscores demands made in Qatar crisis

MANAMA: The foreign ministers of the Anti-Terror Quartet (ATQ), which has raised concerns over Qatar’s alleged support of terror groups, have underscored the series of demands on Doha it deems necessary to end the diplomatic crisis.
Ministers of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, and Bahrain met in Manama on Sunday as part of their ongoing consultations regarding the rift.
They urged Doha to stop its support and funding of terrorism, and to desist in providing safe haven for outlaws and those convicted of terrorism, financing them, promoting hatred and incitement, and interfering in the internal affairs of regional countries.
The ministers of the four countries reviewed the latest developments regarding the Qatari crisis and the communications they conducted at regional and international levels.
They underscored the importance of the six principles required of Doha, as declared at a previous meeting in Cairo. The ministers also underlined the importance of enforcing the 2013 and 2014 Riyadh Agreements, which have not been implemented by Qatar.
The four countries also highlighted the importance of Qatar complying with the 13 demands previously listed in order to achieve security on the regional and international levels.
Saudia Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt expressed their readiness for dialogue with Qatar with the condition that it declares its genuine and practical willingness to stop supporting and funding terrorism and extremism.
The four countries confirmed that all the measures taken against Qatar are in line with their sovereignty and international law. They praised the role played by the Emir of Kuwait Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, to resolve the Qatari crisis within an Arab framework.
They also denounced Qatar’s taken actions to prevent its nationals from performing Haj this year, and praised the assistance provided by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman to welcome all pilgrims.
The ministers agreed to carry on consultations and coordination on this matter during their next meetings.
The meeting of foreign ministers was attended by Saudi Arabia’s Adel Al-Jubeir, the UAE’s Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Egypt’s Sameh Shoukry and Bahrain’s Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmad bin Mohammed Al-Khalifa.


Houthis mobilize to fight ahead of UN envoy’s visit

Pro-government drive in an industrial district in the eastern outskirts of the port city Hodeidah. (AFP)
Updated 19 November 2018
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Houthis mobilize to fight ahead of UN envoy’s visit

  • Dozens of Houthis put on a show of strength on the outskirts of Sanaa on Saturday
  • UN special envoy Martin Griffiths said on Friday that he plans to travel to Sanaa in the coming week

SANAA: Iran-backed Houthi militias have said they are ready to mobilize more fighters to the frontline despite a lull in battleground Hodeidah, as the UN envoy prepares to visit the country to boost peace efforts.

Dozens of Houthis put on a show of strength on the outskirts of Sanaa on Saturday, apparently getting ready to head toward Hodeidah, a Red Sea city home to a vital port.

Men, some of whom looked very young, were lining up with bandoliers around their shoulders and rifles in their hands, chanting Houthi slogans.

Residents said on Sunday that relative calm had held in Hodeidah city since pro-government forces announced a pause in their offensive last week amid international calls for a cease-fire and UN-led peace efforts.  They added, however, that they remain on edge.

Meanwhile, coalition fighter jets on Sunday carried out a series of strikes targeting Houthi positions west of Marib. The strikes, which were accompanied by shelling, came after the Iranian-supported militia launched ballistic missiles toward the city of Marib. Coalition forces successfully intercepted the missiles, Yemeni army media said.

UN special envoy Martin Griffiths said on Friday that he plans to travel to Sanaa in the coming week to finalize arrangements for peace talks to take place in Sweden soon.

Hameed Assem, a member of the militia delegation expected to take part in the negotiations, said that Houthis will continue to mobilize if UN efforts for peace fail to materialize.

Pro-government forces on Wednesday suspended their 12-day offensive in Hodeidah.

Griffiths said on Friday that both the government and the Houthis have shown a “renewed commitment” to work on a political solution and have given “firm assurances” that they will attend the talks. No date has yet been set.

(AFP)