Iran is a threat to maritime navigation: Coalition

Arab coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki rejects the statement issued by the Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen. (SPA)
Updated 31 July 2018

Iran is a threat to maritime navigation: Coalition

  • More than 5 million Yemenis are benefiting from the relief programs initiated by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre

RIYADH: Iran continues to threaten maritime navigation in Bab Al-Mandab and the Red Sea, said Arab coalition spokesperson Col. Turki Al-Maliki.
Speaking at the weekly press conference in Riyadh on Monday, he said the coalition is also making efforts to secure navigation in the Red Sea.
The international community has widely condemned the recent Houthi attack on two Saudi oil tankers in the Red Sea. The attack was termed a blatant violation of international law and a serious threat to international maritime navigation.
They consider it a serious threat to international trade and maritime navigation.
Al-Maliki said the aim of the ongoing military operations in Yemen is to restore legitimacy. He said the Iranian-backed Houthis recently blew up a water station in Tahita in total contravention of international norms.
The coalition spokesman also shared a press statement from the office of the Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, which raised the issue of airstrikes.
The statement by Lisa Grande, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, said: “These airstrikes are putting innocent civilians at extreme risk.”
Rejecting the statement, Al-Maliki said the coalition takes all measures in accordance with international and humanitarian laws.
It is the Iranian-backed Houthis, he said, who endanger civilians by using operating from civilian areas.
More than 5 million Yemenis are benefiting from the relief programs initiated by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSRelief), Al-Maliki added.
He said Saada has become a point of launching Iranian ballistic missiles.
Al-Maliki said 22 land, sea and air ports in Yemen are still operating, pointing out that the Houthi militias continue to disrupt the entry of aid ships.  The coalition spokesman said Houthis lost 521 fighters between July 23 and 30.

Saudi Arabia, South Korea reach agreement on visas

King Salman chairs the Cabinet session in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 16 January 2019

Saudi Arabia, South Korea reach agreement on visas

  • Cabinet OKs air transport pact with Indonesia

JEDDAH: The Saudi Cabinet met to discuss a series of national and global developments on Tuesday, in a session chaired by King Salman.

At the forefront of the agenda was the escalation in tensions between Israel and Hamas along the Gaza border, and the continuing encroachment on Palestinian land by Israeli settlers in the West Bank. The Cabinet responded by demanding that the UN Security Council intervene. King Salman also relayed to ministers the outcome of his talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, which covered many regional issues.

The minister of media, Turki bin Abdullah Al-Shabanah, announced that after reviewing proposals from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a decision from the Shoura Council, a memorandum of understanding between the government and the Republic of Korea on granting visit visas had been agreed upon.

The Cabinet approved the amendment of the air agreement on regular air transport between Saudi Arabia and Indonesia.

The Cabinet, meanwhile, praised the progress of the 2025 Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development Program, aimed at enhancing farming techniques by promoting sustainable water and renewable energy sources.

They also discussed the framework in Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program 2020 for building a sustainable renewable energy sector, reiterating aims to lead global renewable energy developments over the next decade, and create projects such as the wind-powered plant at Dumat Al-Jandal, as part of the King Salman Renewable Energy Initiative.

In a statement, though, Al-Shabanah said: “The Cabinet discussed the announcement made by the minister of energy, industry and mineral resources about the Kingdom’s oil and gas reserves, which highlighted the importance of Saudi Arabia as a secure source of oil supplies in the long term.”

He added, in closing, the Cabinet’s praise for the efforts of Saudi security forces in the tracking and arrest of seven people in Qatif, which foiled a planned terrorist attack.