Arab Coalition to continue support for Yemen peace efforts

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The spokesperson for the Saudi-led Arab coalition, Colonel Turki Al-Maliki said the coalition will continue to support efforts to bring all Yemeni parties to the negotiations. (SPA)
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coalition commander, Prince Fahad bin Turki, met with the Yemeni tribesmen and Vice President Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmar. (SPA)
Updated 27 November 2018
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Arab Coalition to continue support for Yemen peace efforts

The spokesperson for the Saudi-led Arab coalition, Colonel Turki Al-Maliki said the coalition will continue to support efforts to bring all Yemeni parties to the negotiations planned to take place in Sweden.

Speaking at a conference of the coalition on Monday Al-Maliki was referring to the recent statement made by the UN envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, during his visit to Saada and Hodeidah.

Maliki also welcomed the recent announcement by Saudi Arabia and the UAE of plans to provide an additional $500 million aid for those impacted by the Houthi militia.

Maliki also praised the efforts of the engineers in the coalition’s naval forces who destroyed the recently discovered naval mines found in the Red Sea and on the shores.

Meanwhile, coalition commander, Prince Fahad bin Turki, met with the Yemeni tribesmen and congratulated them on the success of their conference held recently in Marib, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Thanking the coalition for its ongoing push against the Iran-backed Houthi militia, the Yemeni sheikhs pledged to support the Yemeni national army’s push to eliminate Iran’s interference in Yemen.

Prince Fahad also met with Vice President Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmar. 


US bolsters Middle East force with 1,500 troops as Pentagon blames Iran for tanker attacks

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US bolsters Middle East force with 1,500 troops as Pentagon blames Iran for tanker attacks

  • Donald Trump says the additional troops would serve a 'mostly protective' role
  • The US began reinforcing its presence in the Arabian Gulf region earlier this month

WASHINGTON: The US will strengthen its force in the Middle East with 1,500 extra troops, Donald Trump said Friday as the Pentagon blamed Iran for an attack on oil tankers off the coast of the UAE.

"We want to have protection in the Middle East," Trump said as he left the White House for a trip to Japan. "We're going to be sending a relatively small number of troops, mostly protective.
"Some very talented people are going to the Middle East right now. And we'll see what happens."

Shortly after his comments, the Pentagon accused Iran's Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) of being directly responsible for attacks on tankers off the UAE earlier this month, describing it as part of a "campaign" by Tehran driving new US deployments.
"The attack against the shipping in Fujairah we attribute it to the IRGC," said Rear Admiral Michael Gilday, the director of the Joint Staff, adding the Pentagon attributed limpet mines used in the attack to the IRGC. He declined to describe "the means of delivery" of the mines.

The 1,500 extra troops will be made up of a deployment of 900 more forces, including engineers, and the extension of a tour by some 600 personnel manning Patriot missiles.

Officials said earlier that members of Congress were notified following a White House meeting Thursday to discuss Pentagon proposals to bolster the force in the region.
Earlier this week, officials said that Pentagon planners had outlined plans that could have sent up to 10,000 military reinforcements to the region. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan later said planners had not settled on a figure.
The US began reinforcing its presence in the Arabian Gulf region this month in response to what it said was a threat from Iran.

*With AP and Reuters