UN high official lauds Saudi Arabia’s humanitarian efforts in Yemen

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Relief workers unload aid carried into Yemen by the Saudi military in Marib, Yemen, on Feb. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
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In this Feb. 1, 2018 photograph, a Yemeni boy living in a camp for people displaced by his country's war holds a box of aid from Saudi Arabia in Marib, Yemen. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
Updated 13 February 2018
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UN high official lauds Saudi Arabia’s humanitarian efforts in Yemen

RIYADH: Saudi Ambassador in Yemen Mohammed bin Said Al-Jaber, who is also executive director of the Yemen Comprehensive Humanitarian Operations Support Center, on Monday received UN Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock.

The meeting explored developments of the humanitarian situation in Yemen, aspects of cooperation with the UN on the implementation of humanitarian operations, and coordination between organizations concerned with humanitarian operations in Yemen.

The UN official appreciated the Kingdom’s humanitarian role and that of the coalition in Yemen. He referred to grants provided by the Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates to UN organizations worth $1 billion. He also praised the start of operations of the UN World Food Program (WFP) and the cooperation between coalition forces and USAID.

The Saudi envoy expressed the readiness of the Yemen Comprehensive Humanitarian Operations Support Center to safely receive delivery of humanitarian aid and relief through commercial shipments to Yemen. He said the center has 22 air, land and sea ports to deliver such aid, while coalition countries have allocated 17 safe passages to ensure the flow of aid to Yemen.


Trump: Saudi arrests in Khashoggi death 'a good first step'

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Trump: Saudi arrests in Khashoggi death 'a good first step'

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Arizona: US President Donald Trump on Friday called Saudi Arabia's announcement that suspects are in custody in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi a "good first step" and said he would work with Congress on a US response.

The president spoke to the media at a defense roundtable in Arizona hours after Saudi Arabia claimed that Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor last seen on Oct. 2, was killed in a "fistfight" at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The kingdom also said that 18 suspects were in custody and that intelligence officials had been fired.

Asked by a reporter whether he thought Saudi Arabia's explanation for Khashoggi's death was credible, Trump said, "I do. I do." But he said before he decided what to do next, he wanted to talk to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

"Saudi Arabia has been a great ally, but what happened is unacceptable," Trump said. Regarding the Saudi arrests, he said, "It's a big first step. It's only a first step, but it's a big first step."