Iran backed Houthi attack on tanker in Red Sea is a terror act — Coalition spokesperson

Photo showing the Saudi-led Arab coalition spokesperson Turki Al-Maliki speaking today at a coalition press conference in Riyadh. (Screen shot)
Updated 04 April 2018
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Iran backed Houthi attack on tanker in Red Sea is a terror act — Coalition spokesperson

  • Saudi Arabia's Coalition Spokesperson: Houthi attack on Saudi tanker is terrorist act
Jeddah: The Saudi-led coalition has welcomed the international condemnation of a Houthi attack on a Saudi Arabian oil tanker in the Red Sea, west of the Yemen's port of Al-Hudaydah. 
Coalition spokesman Colonel Turki Al-Maliki held a press conference to brief on the latest situation in Yemen, where he considered the Houthi attack a "terrorist attack" by the Houthi militia backed by Iran.
In his briefing, Al-Maliki explained that the Iranian-backed Houthis have continued to threaten maritime traffic by conducting attacks on vessels near Bab Al-Mandab strait with boats filled with explosives.
The Saudi-led coalition spokesman has reiterated the coalition's commitment to escorting commercial vessels passing through the strait to ensure their safety, and he added that Houthi militants have turned Al-Hudaydah port into a weapons storage facility. 
At the end of his briefing, Al-Maliki explained that the coalition has helped more than 2 million Yemenis, and has facilitated aid arrival through 22 air, land and maritime ports.
 


Saudi Arabia, UAE to attend US-led Palestine investment meeting

Updated 23 May 2019
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Saudi Arabia, UAE to attend US-led Palestine investment meeting

  • The Palestine Liberation Organization and Islamist group Hamas have called for an Arab boycott of the meeting
  • Saudi Arabia has assured Arab allies that it will not endorse any US plan that fails to meet key Palestinian demands

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia and the UAE will participate in a conference next month in Bahrain aimed at encouraging investment in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as part of US President Donald Trump’s long–awaited Israel–Palestine peace plan. 

The Peace to Prosperity conference, to be hosted on June 25–26 in cooperation with the US, has already been rebuffed by Palestinian officials and business leaders, who want their political demands met by any proposed solution to the conflict.

The Palestine Liberation Organization and Islamist group Hamas have called for an Arab boycott of the meeting.

The Saudi minister of economy and planning, Mohammed bin Majid Al–Tuwaijri, will attend, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said Abu Dhabi would also send a delegation.

The Palestinian Authority has boycotted American peace efforts since late 2017, when Trump decided to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognized the latter as the capital of Israel, reversing decades of US policy.

The Trump administration has sought to enlist support from Arab governments.

But Saudi Arabia has assured Arab allies that it will not endorse any US plan that fails to meet key Palestinian demands, which include affirming East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state, the right of return for refugees, and a freeze on Israeli settlement construction.