Al-Assiri: Coalition prefers final Yemen settlement to ‘short’ truce

Saudi Brigadier General Ahmed Al-Assiri, spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition forces fighting rebels in Yemen, gives an interview to AFP at the King Salman airbase in central Riyadh, in this March 16, 2016 photo. (AFP)
Updated 27 September 2016

Al-Assiri: Coalition prefers final Yemen settlement to ‘short’ truce

RIYADH: The Saudi-led coalition fighting in support of Yemen’s government would prefer a broad political settlement to a cease-fire, its spokesman said on Monday.
“I think now it’s not a question of talking about a cease-fire,” Maj. Gen. Ahmed Al-Assiri told AFP.
Late on Sunday a Houthi rebel leader, Saleh Al-Sammad, proposed a truce on the country’s border with Saudi Arabia in exchange for a halt to Saudi-led airstrikes on his forces.
Al-Assiri said the coalition welcomes “any effort to have a genuine political settlement” under a peace initiative proposed last month by US Secretary of State John Kerry.
This is preferable to a “short cease-fire without any control, without any observation,” he said, adding that “the Saudi border is not and will not be the subject of any discussion.”
Previous truces in the 18-month war collapsed.
After talks in Saudi Arabia with his Gulf counterparts, Kerry outlined a plan which offers the Houthis participation in government in exchange for an end to violence and a surrender of weapons.
The Houthis are allied with soldiers loyal to Yemen’s former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.
“If they want to have a cease-fire they know what they have to do,” Al-Assiri said, referring to terms of the Kerry plan which were to be refined under United Nations mediation among the parties.


Saudi books translated into Mandarin launched

Al-Madi expressed his happiness with the important step of translating Saudi literature into Mandarin. (SPA)
Updated 24 August 2019

Saudi books translated into Mandarin launched

  • Al-Madi expressed his happiness with the important step of translating Saudi literature into Mandarin

BEIJING: Three books on Saudi classical literature, which were translated into the Chinese language, were launched at a ceremony organized by the Beijing Teachers Qualification Publishing House.
The event was held in cooperation with the Center for Research and Intercommunication Knowledge in Riyadh, and the Department of Arabic Language at Beijing University for Foreign Studies.
It was attended by the Saudi ambassador to China, Turki Al-Madi, the president of the Center for Research and Intercommunication Knowledge, Dr. Yahya bin Junaid, and Chinese officials. Al-Madi expressed his happiness with the important step of translating Saudi literature into Mandarin.