Operations against Houthis continuing, says Yemeni army chief

The victories and achievements of the Yemeni National Army have been praised. (AFP/File)
Updated 07 September 2018
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Operations against Houthis continuing, says Yemeni army chief

  • Security of liberated areas and development of Yemen’s armed forces also discussed during meeting with commanders in Aden

ADEN: Military operations are continuing on a number of fronts in Yemen against the Iranian-backed Houthi militias, said Dr. Taher Al-Aqeeli, the chief of staff of the Yemeni National Army.

During a meeting with military commanders in Aden, he also praised the efforts and victories achieved by the National Army and the forces of the 4th Military Region against the terrorist militias, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

According to the Yemen News Agency, he also discussed efforts that are underway to maintain security and stability in liberated areas, and to build and develop the armed forces into a solid military presence that can protect the country and its people.


Iranian extremism ‘reinforcing instability’

MWL's Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa said Iran’s regional meddling would cause irreparable harm to its reputation. (Reuters)
Updated 20 September 2018
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Iranian extremism ‘reinforcing instability’

  • Muslim World League to counter sectarianism with interfaith summit in Beirut
  • Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa said the interfaith summit had particular relevance because of the pernicious influence of Iran in the region

BEIRUT: The Muslim World League (MWL) will hold an international Muslim-Christian summit in Beirut next year to combat hate speech and promote cultural and religious and diversity, the organization’s secretary-general said on Wednesday.

Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa said the interfaith summit had particular relevance because of the pernicious influence of Iran in the region.

“The extremist sectarian policy adopted by Iran is causing more trouble and reinforcing instability,” he said.
“We have always said that we are not against Shiism; Shiites are our citizens, neighbors, and brothers. We are against sectarian extremism.

“Intervening in the affairs of states and attempting to impose sectarian domination and a political agenda will only make things worse.”

The MWL had chosen Beirut for the summit because of its “religious diversity and great civilization,” Al-Issa said.

“We aim through the summit to achieve cooperation in initiatives that achieve common goals to serve humanity and promote love.”

Al-Issa said Iran’s regional meddling would cause irreparable harm to its reputation. 

“Calls for moderation have reached Iran from every advocate of peace and stability, but it refused to listen,” he said.

“Saudi Arabia and other peace-loving countries are doing their utmost to ensure stability and security, but Iran continues to defy the lessons of history.”

Al-Issa held talks on Wednesday with Lebanese President Michel Aoun and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri.