Saudi FM: Yemeni crisis can only be solved through political process

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir. (Screen Grab)
Updated 23 March 2018

Saudi FM: Yemeni crisis can only be solved through political process

WASHINGTON: Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister reiterated on Thursday that the crisis in Yemen can only be solved through a political process.
Speaking at the Brookings Institution in Washington, Adel Al-Jubeir said the war in Yemen was imposed on Saudi Arabia and is not a war of choice, adding that Saudi Arabia has been dealing with Iranian meddling in the region since the 1979 revolution.
“Iran is the problem in the region, it is the source terror and extremism.”

Al-Jubeir said the Kingdom is cooperating with the US to contain Iran, who are the backers of the Houthis in Yemen, insisting that Tehran must be held accountable for supplying ballistic missiles to the militias there.
“Houthi militia in Yemen are connected to Iran, they have staged a coup against the internationally recognized government and the peace process supported by the UN” 

Al-Jubeir said that Iran's nuclear deal with the west needs to be reviewed, specially the inspection mechanism. 'The deal doesn’t solve all of the problems with Tehran", warned Saudi Arabia’s top diplomat.
“Tehran has supplied ballistic missiles to the Houthi militia, this is not a responsible act” said Al-Jubeir as he answered questions after his keynote address at the institute. 

Al-Jubeir also blamed Iran for the failure to end the war in Syria, he said that “shia militia and Iran’s influence obstruct the political settlement in Syria.”
The Saudi Foreign Minister added that “the tragedies in Syria affected millions of Syrians” and the only way out to end the suffering is through a political transition.

Al-Jubeir reiterated his country’s commitment to finding a peaceful settlement between the Palestinians and the Israelis according to the Arab Peace Initiative of 2002. He also reiterated his country’s commitment to reform and gave examples that illustrate the will of the kingdom to be more transparent and work to improve human rights and women rights.
In terms of investment, Al-Jubeir elaborated the importance of the economic cooperation between the two allies and he explained that "Saudi Arabia has close to $800 billion invested in the US" and that “We intend to take our economic relationship with the US to a higher level.” Al-Jubeir said 


Start your (electric) engines, it’s race day at Ad Diriyah

Saturday is race day at Ad Diriyah. (Ziyad Alarfaj/Arab News)
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Start your (electric) engines, it’s race day at Ad Diriyah

  • 22 electric-powered racing cars will hurtle round a 2.5 km track at Ad Diriyah on the outskirts of Riyadh on Saturday

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia takes another giant step into the future on Saturday when 22 electric-powered racing cars hurtle round a 2.5 km track at Ad Diriyah on the outskirts of Riyadh.

The 2018 Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix is a first — not just for Saudi Arabia, but for the Middle East — and race fans have been flocking to the event since Thursday.

And as thousands have discovered, you don’t have to be a motor-racing enthusiast to have a good time. The party began with a concert on Thursday night featuring Jason Derulo and Enrique Iglesias, and continued on Friday with Amr Diab and the Black Eyed Peas. The final concert on Saturday will be headlined by OneRepublic and David Guetta.

As if that were not enough, a  horse corral, a maze and a virtual reality biking station were some of the attractions on offer at the family zone at the event.

“The amount of effort that must have gone into setting this up is extraordinary,” said visitor Abla Qanaq. “The variety of options is almost overwhelming. I’m not even sure where I want to start.”

Visitors in the VIP hospitality section had the opportunity to ride camels, sample local staples of dates and Arabic coffee, and experience local customs such as traditional wedding marches.

“I’m glad they realized the importance of including a local touch in an event like this,” said visitor Alaa Al-Dawsari. “Especially with so many foreigners coming from all over the world. It’s amazing that we were able to present Saudi Arabia like this.”