Saudi Cabinet reaffirms support to Yemen’s legitimate govt

The Cabinet hailed the efforts being exerted by the Presidency of State Security to discover and prevent the financing of terrorism. (SPA)
Updated 01 November 2017
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Saudi Cabinet reaffirms support to Yemen’s legitimate govt

RIYADH: The Saudi Cabinet on Tuesday applauded the recent statement issued by the foreign ministers and chiefs of staff of the Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen.
The weekly meeting was chaired by King Salman at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh.
The king began the session by briefing attendees on the outcome of his talks with Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir and former French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
That statement on Yemen explained that the coalition, established in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 2216, was a response to the legitimate Yemeni government’s appeal against militias attempting to overthrow it.
The statement went on to condemn Iran for supplying the Houthi insurgents with weapons and ammunition, as well as holding Iran and its proxies responsible for endangering the security of the region.
The Cabinet also hailed the efforts being exerted by the Presidency of State Security to discover and prevent the financing of terrorism, in addition to its recent naming — in partnership with the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center (TFTC) — of two entities and 11 individuals identified as leaders, financiers, facilitators or supporters of Daesh in Yemen and Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
The Cabinet also expressed the Kingdom’s strong condemnation and denunciation of the terrorist bombing of a bus transporting police in Bahrain and of two car bombs in the Somali capital Mogadishu, which resulted in dozens of deaths and injuries.
The Cabinet reaffirmed its solidarity with Bahrain and Somalia, and wished the wounded a quick recovery.
The Cabinet lauded Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s speech at the recently concluded Future Investment Initiative (FII) in Riyadh, where he said that the will, determination and principles of the Saudi people have helped lift the Kingdom to new levels of development and progress.
Culture and Information Minister Dr. Awwad Al-Awwad said in a statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) after the Cabinet session that the Cabinet was delighted with the regional and global response to the crown prince’s announcement of the NEOM Project.
The high-tech project, billed as a regional Silicon Valley, embodies the Kingdom’s ambitious economic vision, as outlined by Vision 2030, and its desire to transform into a pioneering global role model.
The Cabinet pointed out that Vision 2030 will support the stability of the region in general, as well as confirming the Kingdom’s status as the heart of the Islamic world. That vision, the Cabinet explained, was a response to the Kingdom’s internal development requirements and the need to create a multi-source economy.
To that end, the Cabinet also lauded the program launched by the Public Investment Fund for 2018-2020, which includes 30 initiatives that will help to diversify the Kingdom’s economy.


Houthis accused of looting humanitarian aid

A worker unloads aid packages from a Saudi air force cargo plane, at an airfield in the northern province of Marib, Yemen, in this January 22, 2018 photo. (REUTERS)
Updated 23 July 2018
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Houthis accused of looting humanitarian aid

  • The Yemen Scholars Association condemned the Houthi militia for looting relief aid in areas under its control

JEDDAH: The Yemen Scholars Association on Saturday blamed the Iranian-backed Houthi militias for the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Yemen.
The associated accused the Houthis of looting humanitarian aid.
According to the Yemeni scholars, Houthi actions have resulted in the suspension of salaries of hundreds of thousands of employees for nearly two years.
The Association praised the efforts and humanitarian support of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), which provides, directly and indirectly, most of the humanitarian relief support for the Yemeni people.
The Yemen Scholars Association condemned the Houthi militia for looting relief aid in areas under its control.
According to a human rights report, At least 113 people have been tortured to death in detention centers in Yemen run by the Houthis since the coup began
Yemeni Human Rights Minister Mohammed Askar told Arab News that the figures in the report were only estimates and that the real figures were much higher.