Head of the UN observer mission in Yemen arrives in Sanaa to meet Griffith and the Houthis

Michael Lollesgaard. (File/AFP)
Updated 12 February 2019
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Head of the UN observer mission in Yemen arrives in Sanaa to meet Griffith and the Houthis

DUBAI: Head of the UN observer mission in Yemen has arrived in Sanaa to meet Griffith and the Houthis, Al-Arabiya reported.

The Yemeni government said they are keen to follow the Sweden agreement, adding its the UN Observer Mission’s task "to identify which side is responsible for the human suffering" in the country.


Iran’s Khamenei: Tehran will not leave UK piracy unanswered

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Iran’s Khamenei: Tehran will not leave UK piracy unanswered

  • The Iranian supertanker, carrying 2.1 million barrels of light crude oil, was seized with the help of British Royal Marines
  • Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called the seizure of the ship “piracy”

DUBAI: Iran’s top leader says his country will retaliate over the seizure of an Iranian tanker by British authorities.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called the seizure of the ship “piracy” in a televised speech Tuesday, saying: “God willing, the Islamic Republic and its committed forces will not leave this evilness without a response.”
The Iranian supertanker, carrying 2.1 million barrels of light crude oil, was seized with the help of British Royal Marines earlier this month off Gibraltar.
British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Saturday that Britain will facilitate the release the ship if Iran can provide guarantees the vessel will not breach European sanctions on oil shipments to Syria. Tensions have soared in the Persian Gulf over the past year as the Trump administration has ramped up sanctions on Iran after withdrawing from Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.