Saudi Arabia part of solution to tackle climate change: Al-Falih

Khalid Al-Falih. (AFP)
Updated 16 November 2017
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Saudi Arabia part of solution to tackle climate change: Al-Falih

RIYADH: Saudi Oil Minister Khalid Al-Falih has said oil-exporting countries such as Saudi Arabia are an integral part of the solution to tackle the challenges of climate change and its adverse economic impacts, according to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
Al-Falih is leading Saudi Arabia’s delegation to COP23 in Bonn. In his foreword posted on the Kingdom’s official website for COP23, he said: “Saudi Arabia hopes that the ‘era of implementation’ marked by COP23 will further clarify the frameworks that will make the agreement to provide the support for all nations to achieve their climate-change goals.”
While the Paris Agreement has already entered into force, the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA) and the permanent subsidiary bodies continue to work toward completing the work program under the agreement.
“Saudi Arabia will actively endeavor to ensure the outcomes of this work will be ready for consideration at COP24 in Poland in 2018,” he said.
He said the Paris Agreement represented an opportunity to respond to the potential threat of climate change to economies and societies globally.
“While the world is working on the suite of solutions to deliver more energy with fewer and ultimately no GHG (greenhouse gases) emissions, Saudi Arabia is confident that the seeds planted and nurtured through this and previous COP sessions will continue to flourish and bear fruit through communication, cooperation and innovation to which we all wholeheartedly commit,” he said.


Arab coalition working to protect region’s security, says spokesman

Coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki at a press briefing. (SPA file photo)
Updated 19 March 2019
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Arab coalition working to protect region’s security, says spokesman

  • Houthis want to disturb peace, says coalition spokesman
  • Stockholm peace agreement under strain

RIYADH: The Arab coalition supporting the internationally recognized Yemeni government is committed to protecting regional and global security, a spokesman said Monday.

Coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki was asked at a press briefing about Houthi militias threatening to target the capitals of Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

“This is their way to disturb peace,” Al-Maliki replied. “Previously the Houthis targeted Riyadh with a ballistic missile, violating all international laws by attacking a city that has more than 8 million civilians. We take all precautions to protect civilians and vital areas. The coalition works to protect regional and international security.”

Al-Maliki said Houthis had targeted Saudi border towns several times, the most recent incident taking place in Abha last Friday.

But the Saudi Royal Air Defense Force had shot down a drone that was targeting civilians, he added.

He said four Saudi nationals and an Indian expatriate were injured in the attack because of falling debris.

The drone wreckage showed the characteristics and specifications of Iranian manufacturing, he said, which proved Iran was continuing to smuggle arms to the militias.

He warned the Houthis to refrain from targeting civilians because the coalition, in line with international humanitarian law, had every right to counter such threats.

He said the coalition was making efforts to neutralize ballistic missiles and dismantle their capabilities, as the coalition’s joint command would not allow the militia to possess weapons that threatened civilian lives and peace.

Al-Maliki reiterated that the Houthis were targeting Yemeni civilians and continued to violate international laws. 

He also urged Yemenis to try their best to prevent children from being captured by Houthis, who were using them as human shields and child soldiers.

His comments came as the UN tried to salvage a peace deal that was seen as crucial for ending the country’s four-year war.

The Stockholm Agreement was signed by the Yemeni government and Houthi representatives last December.

The main points of the agreement were a prisoner exchange, steps toward a cease-fire in the city of Taiz, and a cease-fire agreement in the city of Hodeidah and its port, as well as ports in Salif and Ras Issa.

Militants triggered the conflict when they seized the capital Sanaa in 2014 and attempted to occupy large parts of the country. An Arab coalition intervened in support of the internationally recognized government in March 2015.

The World Health Organization estimates that nearly 10,000 people have been killed in Yemen since 2015.

Earlier this month US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that President Donald Trump’s administration opposed curbs on American assistance to the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.

“The way to alleviate the Yemeni people’s suffering isn’t to prolong the conflict by handicapping our partners in the fight, but by giving the Saudi-led coalition the support needed to defeat the Iranian-backed rebels and ensure a just peace,” Pompeo said at a news conference in Washington.