Al-Jubeir represents Saudi Arabia at GCC meeting in Kuwait

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir. (AFP)
Updated 06 December 2017
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Al-Jubeir represents Saudi Arabia at GCC meeting in Kuwait

KUWAIT CITY: A meeting of the Supreme Council of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) was held on Tuesday in Kuwait.
Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir led the Saudi delegation at the meeting, which was hosted by Kuwait.
Welcoming the participants of the meeting, Kuwaiti Emir Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah praised the role of the GCC leadership, which met the hopes and aspirations of their people, according to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
He said: “Any disagreement that may occur among member states and regardless of its extent, the GCC must remain aloof from it, in order to keep it out of its impact or disrupt the mechanism of convening, to function.”
The Kuwaiti emir praised the role of Saudi Arabia and its constructive efforts, in organizing meetings between various factions of the Syrian opposition and success in closing the opposition ranks.
He also lauded efforts to support Yemen’s political, economic and military make-up, in order to support the legitimacy and the provision of humanitarian aid to ease the difficult conditions of the Yemeni people.
He called on the Houthi militia to comply with the international community’s call for a political solution to the crisis, through holding serious dialogue, mainly based on the three pillars of the GCC-sponsored executive mechanisms, UN Security Council resolutions and the outcomes of the Yemeni National Dialogue.
He expressed hope that the international community will be able to push the Mideast peace process forward toward reaching a comprehensive and complete peace agreement that supports the stability of the region and the world, according to the Arab peace initiative and international legitimacy resolutions.
He slammed the Iranian regime for violating international laws by interfering in the internal matters of neighboring countries.
He pointed out that his country seeks to continue working with the Iraqi government to maintain the stability of Iraq.
Reuters quoted the Kuwaiti emir as saying: “We proved once again the resilience of our Gulf institution and its ability to be steadfast, simply by holding onto the mechanism of convening these meetings.”
Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani also attended the meeting.
 


Al-Jubeir: Saudi-led coalition ‘working with UN to end Yemen conflict’

The Houthis should engage in the political process and respond to the will of the international community to end the war and end the coup against the legitimate government, said Saudi Arabia's foreign minister. (AFP)
Updated 16 November 2018
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Al-Jubeir: Saudi-led coalition ‘working with UN to end Yemen conflict’

  • Since day one, we said that the solution… is a political solution, says Saudi FM
  • Al-Jubeir: Saudi Arabia is the largest provider of humanitarian aid to Yemen, providing more than $13 billion since the start of the conflict

RIYADH: The Saudi-led coalition is working with UN envoy Martin Griffith to reach a political solution to the conflict in Yemen based on UN Security Council resolution 2216, the Gulf Initiative and the outcomes of Yemeni national dialogue, the Saudi foreign minister said on Thursday. 

“Since day one, we said that the solution… is a political solution, and the solution should lead to the restoration of legitimacy in Yemen,” said Adel Al-Jubeir.

“We support a peaceful solution in Yemen. We support the efforts of the UN envoy for the Yemeni cause,” he added.

“We are committed to providing all humanitarian support to our brothers there. We are also working on the post-war reconstruction of Yemen.” The Kingdom supports the envoy’s efforts to hold negotiations at the end of November, added Al-Jubeir.

Saudi Arabia is the largest provider of humanitarian aid to Yemen, providing more than $13 billion since the start of the conflict, he said.

In contrast, Houthi militias are imposing restrictions on Yemeni cities and villages, leading to starvation, he added. 

They are also seizing humanitarian aid and preventing Yemenis from getting cholera vaccinations, Al-Jubeir said. 

The Houthis fire ballistic missiles indiscriminately at Saudi Arabia, use children as fighters and plant mines across Yemen, he added. 

The Houthis should engage in the political process and respond to the will of the international community to end the war and end the coup against the legitimate government, he said.

Saudi Arabia did not want the conflict in Yemen; it was imposed on the Kingdom, Al-Jubeir added. 

Saudi Arabia worked with other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states to develop the Gulf Initiative. 

This led to a transition from former President Ali Abdullah Saleh to the internationally recognized government headed by current President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

The Kingdom also worked to develop Yemeni national dialogue that led to a Yemeni vision regarding the country’s future.

A new Yemeni constitution was about to be drafted when the Houthis seized much of the country, including the capital. 

Yemen’s legitimate government requested support, and the Saudi-led coalition responded under Article 51 of the UN Charter.