Saudi crown prince to Putin: ‘Our cooperation is beneficial to the world’

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Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on June 14, 2018. (SPA)
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Updated 15 June 2018
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Saudi crown prince to Putin: ‘Our cooperation is beneficial to the world’

MOSCOW: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow Thursday.

Crown Prince Mohammed discussed bilateral issues with the Russian president in addition to Middle East developments and global topics important to both nations. The crown prince said during the meeting that cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Russia is beneficial to the entire world.

President Putin and his Energy Minister Alexander Novak attended the meeting with the crown prince and Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih.

The ministers pledged to deepen Saudi-Russian oil and gas cooperation, promote a balanced global oil market that is supported by reliable and sufficient supplies, ensure that national policies support the inclusion of oil and gas as key components in the global energy mix, and promote energy efficiency, sustainability and technological development. 

They agreed to develop a comprehensive bilateral energy agreement, strive for a long-term framework to institutionalize multilateral cooperation toward market stability

The crown prince watched the opening game of the World Cup with the Russian president as the hosts comfortably defeated the Saudi Green Falcons 5-0. The pair were seen talking and gesturing at the match at Luzhniki Stadium in the Russian capital, even doing a fist bump at one point.

Earlier, the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Saudi and Russian delegations would discuss a deal to cut global energy production. However, both countries were not planning to exit from the current agreement, Peskov said.


Hodeidah offensive: Coalition forces seize weapons supplied by Iran to Houthis

Arab coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki speaks during a press conference in Riyadh. (AN photo by Bashir Saleh)
Updated 20 June 2018
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Hodeidah offensive: Coalition forces seize weapons supplied by Iran to Houthis

  • The arsenal included drones, a sniper rifle, roadside bombs disguised as rocks and even a “drone boat” which had been filled with explosives that failed to detonate.
  • Equipment used to produce and load fuel for rockets that target Saudi Arabia contained Iranian labels.

JEDDAH: Saudi-led coalition officials on Tuesday displayed weapons and explosives supplied by Iran to Houthi militias in the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah. 

The arsenal included drones, a sniper rifle, roadside bombs disguised as rocks and even a “drone boat” which had been filled with explosives that failed to detonate.

Equipment used to produce and load fuel for rockets that target Saudi Arabia contained Iranian labels. The weapons were captured on the battlefield in Hodeidah and displayed at a military base in the UAE. 

“Unsurprisingly, there are advanced military components in the Houthi militias’ hands,” said Talal Al-Teneiji, an official at the UAE Foreign Ministry.

“We took time to inspect and disassemble these to figure out the source ... and we can say that these elements are military-grade materials imported from Iran to the Houthi militias.”

As the week-long offensive in Hodeidah intensified on Tuesday, coalition forces consolidated their grip on the city’s airport and there was new fighting on the main coast road leading to the city center, with Apache helicopters providing air support to the coalition. 

“We can hear the sounds of artillery, mortars and sporadic machinegun fire. The Houthis have been using tanks,” one civilian on the coastal strip said. 

“Water has been cut off to many of the areas near the corniche area because the Houthis have dug trenches and closed water pipes.”

At the airport, which the coalition has controlled since Saturday, their forces stormed the main compound and took full command.

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said: “We are waiting for the Houthis to realize the sort of military and psychological blow that they got with the airport ... we are giving them time to decide if they want to save the city ... and pull out.”

Oubai Shahbandar, a strategic communications adviser, told Arab News that “without the sea and airport of Hodeidah, the Houthi militia has effectively lost the war.”

They should agree to UN-hosted peace talks and not prolong the fighting. “The tide in this conflict has clearly turned in favor of the Arab coalition and the welfare of the Yemeni people ought to be paramount,” he said.