Saudi Arabia and Russia ‘united on ending conflict in Syria’

King Salman receives Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Sunday. (SPA)
Updated 11 September 2017

Saudi Arabia and Russia ‘united on ending conflict in Syria’

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia and Russia agree on international principles that guarantee the sovereignty of Syria in accordance with international law and non-interference in the country’s internal affairs, the Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Adel bin Ahmad Al-Jubeir, said on Sunday after a meeting with the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
With regard to the challenges facing the region, the stances of the two countries are identical, Al-Jubeir said.
During a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart in Jeddah, Al-Jubeir said the two men had discussed the importance of reaching a political solution in accordance with the declaration of “Geneva 1” and UN Security Council resolution 2254.
He stressed the Kingdom’s support for de-escalation zones and political processes in Syria to get it out of the crisis, preserve its territorial integrity, guarantee the rights of all Syrian communities and seek to find political solutions based on the Geneva resolution that would lead to the formation of a transitional authority.
On the Qatar crisis, Al-Jubeir said the Saudi stance was clear, and had been stated repeatedly.
“Qatar knows what is required. We want clarity with regard to the Qatari position. We want a seriousness in finding a solution of this crisis leading to implementation of the principles supported by all countries of the world, non-support of terrorism, non-financing of terrorism, non-hosting of wanted persons, non-dissemination of hatred and extremism and non-interference in the affairs of other countries that were among 13 demands submitted to the Qatari side through the State of Kuwait.
“In this regard, we have taken measures and will continue our stance until Qatar responds to the will of the international community to stop supporting and financing terrorism and extremism.”
Al-Jubeir said Qatar did not abide by the Riyadh agreement in 2013/2014, which was why Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt had taken action.
“Qatar must realize its policies are unacceptable, not only for countries in the region but all over the world. I do not think that there is a state that backs support or financing of terrorism or incitement to extremism or interference in the affairs of other countries. Now, we hope that wisdom in the state of Qatar will prevail.”
After a meeting with King Salman, the Russian foreign minister expressed his satisfaction with the level of cooperation between the two countries.

Houthi missile fired towards Jazan intercepted by Saudi air defenses

Updated 24 May 2018

Houthi missile fired towards Jazan intercepted by Saudi air defenses

  • The missile was fired towards the Saudi Arabian province of Jazan in the early hours of Thursday
  • It was launched from the Houthi strong-hold in the Yemeni province of Saada

DUBAI: Saudi air defenses intercepted a ballistic missile fired by the Houthi militia towards the border province of Jazan in the early hours of Thursday morning, Al Ekhbariya TV reported.

The ballistic missile was launched from the Houthi strong-hold province of Saada.

The missile was spotted at 1:58am on Thursday and was headed towards Jazan city, targeting civilian and populated areas.

The Saudi Royal Air Force (RAFF) was able to intercept the missile and destroy it.

The Iranian-backed Houthis have fired a number of missiles over the border at Saudi cities, including the capital, Riyadh, in breach of international laws banning the targeting of civilian areas.

And on Wednesday UAE coalition forces intercepted two boats in the Red Sea being used by the Houthis to target a tanker.