‘Come back to negotiating table,’ Saudi ambassador urges Yemen

Mohammed Al-Jaber
Updated 29 October 2017
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‘Come back to negotiating table,’ Saudi ambassador urges Yemen

RIYADH: The Saudi Arabian ambassador to Yemen, Mohammed Al-Jaber, has urged Yemen to open a dialogue with UN Special Envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed.
Al-Jaber told Al Hayat newspaper that Saudi Arabia sees this as the best way to solve the ongoing crisis.
“Our goal now is to promote a political solution, and push the Yemeni parties to engage with the international envoy, in order to return to the negotiating table,” he said.
He added that the UN envoy “needs to first sit with the Yemeni parties to discuss all ideas, and then submit his proposals.”
In a recent statement on his Facebook page, Ahmed stated, “We are currently considering steps that each side can take to restore confidence and move forward toward a viable negotiated settlement.”
He explained that these steps are based on three pillars: “The cessation of hostilities, implementing specific confidence-building measures that will alleviate human suffering, and returning to the negotiating table with a view to reaching a comprehensive peace agreement.”
Ahmed stressed that the conflict in Yemen is essentially a political conflict “so it can only be resolved by political negotiations,” saying that he is now intensifying efforts to return to serious negotiations between all parties.
However, Yemen’s Houthi insurgents have blasted the UN envoy’s efforts, with Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdel Salam labeling his proposals — and his attempts to impose them — “aggressive.”
Salam is particularly disappointed in the UN’s failure to re-open Sanaa airport and ease what he called “the economic and humanitarian blockade” of Yemen.


Germany, Saudi Arabia agree to turn page after diplomatic row

We should have been clearer in our communication and engagement, said Maas. (AFP)
Updated 26 September 2018
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Germany, Saudi Arabia agree to turn page after diplomatic row

  • The Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Adel Al-Jubeir, extended an invitation to his German counterpart, Heiko Maas, to visit the Kingdom at the earliest opportunity
  • We aim for close cooperation between our two countries and to this end seek to intensify our dialogue on a broad range of topics: Maas

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia on Tuesday welcomed a statement by the German foreign minister pledging his intention to work toward strengthening ties and enhancing cooperation between the two countries. 

Riyadh said the relationship between Saudi Arabia and Germany was a “historic and important” one, and the countries played a leading role in bolstering international security and stability, and the global economy. 

The Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Adel Al-Jubeir, extended an invitation to his German counterpart, Heiko Maas, to visit the Kingdom at the earliest opportunity, “so that both countries may begin a new phase of close cooperation in all areas to the benefit of both our countries and peoples.”

Earlier, the German foreign minister said relations had “witnessed misunderstandings” in recent months “which stand in sharp contrast to our otherwise strong and strategic ties. We sincerely regret this.”

The minister said: “We should have been clearer in our communications and engagement in order to avoid such misunderstandings.

“We aim for close cooperation between our two countries and to this end seek to intensify our dialogue on a broad range of topics.

“Saudi Arabia plays an immensely important role for peace and stability in the region and the world. As there is a broad range of bilateral and international issues to discuss, we will do our best to make this partnership with the Kingdom even stronger than before.

“Considering our role in Europe and the world, improving our ties with Saudi Arabia will serve the interest of both nations and peoples.”