Saudi Arabia’s cabinet condemns Houthi ‘circumvention’ of Stockholm agreement

Saudi Arabia’s cabinet condemned Houthi ‘circumvention’ of the Stockholm agreement on Tuesday. (Reuters)
Updated 08 January 2019
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Saudi Arabia’s cabinet condemns Houthi ‘circumvention’ of Stockholm agreement

JEDDAH: The Houthis’ continued defiance and “circumvention” of the Stockholm agreement is a stark challenge to the international community, Saudi Arabia's Cabinet said Tuesday.

The Iran-backed militia is misleading international organisations with false information and data, disrupting relief efforts, and looting humanitarian aid, the Cabinet said during its weekly meeting.

The Cabinet denounced the Houthi's reluctance to adhere to the Stockholm agreement and the militia's violations of it. 

The war in Yemen between the Houthis and troops loyal to the internationally-recognized government began in 2014 when the militia seized the capital Sanaa. The war escalated in March 2015, when President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi fled into Saudi exile and the Arab coalition intervened.

The conflict has unleashed the world's worst humanitarian crisis, according to the UN, which says 14 million Yemenis are on the brink of famine.


Arab League chief warns no Middle East peace deal without Palestinian state

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Arab League chief warns no Middle East peace deal without Palestinian state

  • US-led conference will be held next week in Bahrain on proposals for the Palestinian economy
  • The Palestinian leadership is boycotting the conference

CAIRO: The head of the Arab League warned Monday that attempts to solve the Israel-Palestinian conflict will be in vain without the establishment of a Palestinian state on all territories occupied by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war.
Ahmed Aboul Gheit’s comments appeared directed at a still unpublished peace plan that Donald Trump has dubbed the “deal of the century.” As part of the plan, a US-led conference will be held next week in Bahrain on proposals for the Palestinian economy.
The Palestinian leadership is boycotting the conference, saying Trump’s peace plan is likely to be heavily weighted in favor of Israel and to quash their aspirations for statehood in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.
While the precise outlines of the draft plan have yet to be revealed, Palestinian and Arab sources who have been briefed on it say it jettisons the two-state solution.
“Whatever is rejected by the Palestinian or the Arab side is unacceptable,” Aboul Gheit said during an event at the Arab League.
“What is acceptable from our side as Arabs as a solution is the establishment of a Palestinian state on the June 4, 1967 borders, with Jerusalem as its capital,” he added.
Aboul Gheit said that Israel’s acceptance of an Arab Peace Initiative drawn up by Saudi Arabia in 2002, which offers Israel normal ties in return for withdrawal from territory captured in 1967, was the only acceptable solution for Arab states.
“If (Israel) chooses the only reasonable and accepted way from our side as Arabs, which is the establishment of a Palestinian state ... it will be accepted in the region as a normal regional partner,” he said.
Last week, a White House official said Egypt, Jordan and Morocco planned to attend the Bahrain conference.
Palestinians urged Egypt and Jordan to reconsider their attendance at the US-led conference in Bahrain, voicing concern it would weaken any Arab opposition to Washington’s coming peace plan.