Saudi Arabia to UN: Iran must be held responsible for Houthi militia missile attacks on Kingdom

Ambassador Abdullah bin Yahya Al-Maalami. (Arab News)
Updated 13 April 2018
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Saudi Arabia to UN: Iran must be held responsible for Houthi militia missile attacks on Kingdom

  • Saudi Arabia: Gaps in the verification system allowed Iran to supply ballistic missiles to Houthi militia.
  • Saudi Arabia: UN's lack of resolve has given Iran and the Houthis a green light to commit atrocities in Yemen.

London: Saudi Arabia sent a letter to the UN Security Council Thursday demanding that Iran must be held responsible for Houthi militia missile attacks on the Kingdom.

The letter also stated that gaps in the verification system in Yemen allowed Iran to supply ballistic missiles to Houthi militia.  

The Security Council's lack of resolve to act has given Iran and the Houthi militias the green light to commit atrocities in Yemen, the letter said. 

Saudi Arabia previously sent a letter to the UN Security Council regarding Iranian-Houthi ballistic missiles. The letter was presented by the Permanent Representative of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations Ambassador Abdullah bin Yahya Al-Maalami and was received by the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the President of the Security Council.

The firing of ballistic missiles at populated cities and villages is contrary to international humanitarian law.


Kareem Shamma, Qiddiya Investment Co. executive

Updated 15 min 12 sec ago
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Kareem Shamma, Qiddiya Investment Co. executive

  • Shamma has spent decades working in the Gulf Cooperation Council states
  • Shamma holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s in concrete structures from Imperial College London

Kareem Shamma has recently been appointed as the chief development officer of the entertainment, sports and cultural destination of the Qiddiya Investment Co. (QIC).

Qiddiya, which is due to open by the end of 2022, is expected to be the world’s largest entertainment city by 2030. It is located around 40 km from the center of the capital.

Shamma has spent decades working in the Gulf Cooperation Council states, with periods in Bahrain and the UAE, as well as in the UK. He started his professional life in Saudi Arabia, where he spent several years as an engineer working on Riyadh’s ring road network, including the construction of a number of its bridges and underpasses.

Shamma was the CEO of Bawabat Al-Shamal Real Estate Co. WLL (BASREC) in Qatar for seven years, between 2012 and 2019. He was responsible for delivering one of the region’s largest entertainment, hospitality and retail projects at the time.

He was regional director of URS Scott Wilson in Bahrain for two years between 2009 and 2011. He also worked for other companies in Bahrain. Shamma holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s in concrete structures from Imperial College London.

“I spent my early career in the Kingdom developing key infrastructure, as the capital city grew and the Kingdom developed. To come back a second time and work on this extraordinary project is a chance of a lifetime,” Shamma said of his new role.

Qiddiya’s chief administration officer, Abdul Aziz Al-Remaihi, said: “We welcome Kareem back to Riyadh. He has a wealth of experience that will help us to create the capital of entertainment, sports and the arts here in the Kingdom.”