Saudi Cabinet welcomes IRGC terrorist designation by US

A session of the Saudi cabinet, chaired by King Salman at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh, on Tuesday backed a US decision to classify Iran’s Islamic Republican Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization. (SPA)
Updated 10 April 2019
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Saudi Cabinet welcomes IRGC terrorist designation by US

  • Minister of Information Turki bin Abdullah Al-Shabana said that the council backed the announcement
  • Reiterated need for international community to take firm stance against IRGC role

RIYADH: The Saudi cabinet, in a session chaired by King Salman at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Tuesday, has welcomed a US decision to classify Iran’s Islamic Republican Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization.

In a statement to Saudi Press Agency, Minister of Information Turki bin Abdullah Al-Shabana said that the council welcomed the announcement and view it as a “serious and practical step” in countering terrorism.

The cabinet also reiterated the need for the international community to take a firm stance against the role played by the IRGC in undermining international peace and security.

Also during the cabinet session, the king briefed the council on his recent trip to Bahrain and his meeting with King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa as well as correspondence he received from King Abdullah II of Jordan.

The recent visit of a high-ranking Saudi delegation to Iraq was also discussed, with the outcome of a meeting held in Baghdad by the Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council and King Salman’s pledge of $1 billion to Iraq for various projects were on the agenda.


Houthis have smuggled various weapons from Iran: Arab coalition

Updated 24 June 2019
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Houthis have smuggled various weapons from Iran: Arab coalition

  • Col. Al-Maliki also said that the Houthis are digging trenches and building fortifications in Hodeidah
  • Said Iran-backed militia is trying to provoke the coalition

RIYADH: The Arab coalition supporting Yemen’s internationally recognized government said on Monday that the Houthi militia has received various types of weapons smuggled from Iran.
Speaking at a weekly press conference in Riyadh, spokesperson Col. Turki Al-Maliki said the militia has suffered heavy losses and as a result they have been targeting civilians and civilian installations.
Col. Al-Maliki also said that the Houthis are digging trenches and building fortifications in Hodeidah in violation of the Stockholm agreement.
He said that the Iran-backed militia is trying to provoke the coalition, but “we will apply international law.”
He added that the coalition has started providing financial assistance to those affected by accidents in Yemen and the coalition has already compensated 116 people affected.