King Salman meets British Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud meets with British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, in Riyadh. (Reuters)
Updated 12 November 2018
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King Salman meets British Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt

  • Hunt, who is also expected to meet Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, met the King in Riyadh
  • The minister said he would discuss the war in Yemen where Britain is supporting fresh UN efforts for peace talks

RIYADH: King Salman held talks with British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt in Riyadh on Monday to discuss the latest developments in the region.

Hunt also held talks with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Press Agency said.

Speaking before the meeting, the minister said he would discuss the war in Yemen, where Britain is supporting fresh UN efforts for peace talks.

“Britain has a unique position, both as pen-holder at the UN Security Council and as a key influencer in the region, so today I am traveling to the Gulf to demand that all sides commit to this process,” Hunt said. He also said he would discuss the case of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Earlier, Hunt met with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir.

Hunt’s visit comes after British undersecretary for foreign affairs Simon McDonald held talks with Prince Mohammed and Al-Jubeir in Riyadh.

During his Gulf tour, the he British foreign minister then traveled to the United Arab Emirates to meet with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

During the meeting, they also discussed bilateral relations and means to consolidate them in all domains, to best serve the interests of the two countries. They also reviewed a number of issues of common interest.

Hunt then met with his UAE counterpart and Minister of and International Cooperation, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed.


Houthis targetted civilian facility in Najran with an explosives-laden drone, says Arab Coalition

Updated 21 May 2019
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Houthis targetted civilian facility in Najran with an explosives-laden drone, says Arab Coalition

  • Houthis also fired two ballistic missiles toward the holy city of Makkah and Jeddah on Monday

RIYADH: Houthi militants had tried to hit a civilian facility in Saudi Arabia's southern border province of Najran with a drone carrying explosives, the Arab Coalition supporting Yemen's legitimate government said on Tuesday.
In a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Colonel Turki Al-Maliki, the spokesman of the Saudi-led military coalition said the target was a vital facility.
"The Houthi-backed terrorist militia of Iran continues to carry out acts of terrorism that pose a real threat to regional and international security by targeting civilian objects and civilian facilities, as well as civilian citizens and residents of all nationalities," Al-Maliki said.

The statement did not mention casualties and gave no further details.

Earlier on Monday, Al-Maliki said Houthis fired two ballistic missiles toward the holy city of Makkah and Jeddah but both were shot down by Saudi air defense forces.

The Iran-backed Houthis have fired dozens of missiles at targets in Saudi Arabia, including the capital Riyadh, since the Arab Coalition intervened in 2015 to restore the government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, which was ousted in a Houthi coup.