Top diplomats rally behind KSA on Yemen

Updated 27 March 2015
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Top diplomats rally behind KSA on Yemen

Top foreign diplomats stationed in Riyadh representing Europe, Americas, Asia and Africa have lent their strong support to the military effort of the Arab world led by Saudi Arabia to end the widespread instability and chaos in Yemen. The diplomats here Thursday also reaffirmed the need for a broad international military alliance, that may eventually emerge to counter Houthi rebel advances.
The diplomats said that a large number of countries were prepared to commit troops for a ground assault as Saudi Arabia began pounding the Houthi militants in Yemen with airstrikes. “The United States coordinates closely with Saudi Arabia and our GCC partners on issues related to their security and our shared interests,” said Stewart Wight, a spokesman of the US Embassy, here Thursday.
“In support of GCC actions to defend against Houthi violence, US President Barack Obama has authorized the provision of logistical and intelligence support to GCC-led military operations,” said Wight , while referring to the establishment of a ‘Joint Planning Cell’ with Saudi Arabia to coordinate US support. Matthew Tueller, US ambassador to Yemen, is also currently in Jeddah, confirmed Kate Osterloh, a public diplomacy officer at the US embassy here.
Asked about the UK position, Nicola Woodget, a spokeswoman of the British embassy, said that Britain had supported the Kingdom on the question of Yemen. Quoting a foreign ministry statement, Woodget said that “we supported the Saudi military intervention in Yemen following President Hadi’s request for support by all means and measures to protect Yemen and deter Houthi aggression.”
Another close Saudi ally, Turkey has also strongly supported the Saudi air strike on advancing Houthi militants. Turkish Ambassador Yunus Demirer said that “Ankara supports the operation led by Saudi Arabia in Yemen against the Houthi movement on the request of the legitimately elected President Hadi.” “We believe that this operation will prevent the threat of civil war and chaos in Yemen and restore the legitimate state authority,” added Demirer.
“Turkey strongly condemns the continuation of the unilateral actions by the Houthi militias, who have refused to withdraw from Sanaa and government institutions by rejecting the UN Security Council Resolution No. 2201, besides all agreements concluded in Yemen and also the military operation they launched to capture Aden,” said a statement released by Turkey and distributed by the Turkish embassy Thursday.
A statement released by the embassy of France here said that “France reiterates its support to the government of Yemen led by President Hadi. France also strongly condemns acts of destabilization by the Houthi rebellion and called on all those who support the insurgency to leave him off and to return to the political process. Faced with this alarming situation, France stands by its partners in the region to restore stability and unity of Yemen.”
While supporting the joint operations against the rebels, Sri Lankan Ambassador Mohamed Hussein Mohammed said that terror should not be allowed to raise its ugly head in any country as it happens in the case of strife-torn Yemen. “Such rebel activities could affect peace and stability in the region,” he said, recalling that his country has been a victim of terrorism for more than 30 years.
Speaking about his country’s position on Yemen, Uruguayan Ambassador Carlos Mora: “We follow closely the developments in Yemen and we hope that the situation can be solved quickly because any escalation of the civil war could lead to consequences adversely affecting the region. “We are for peace, dialogue, stability, and eventually progress and prosperity for Yemen and Yemeni people,” said Greek Ambassador Ioannis Christofilis.

With inputs from M. Rasooldeen & Rodolfo Estimo


Saudi Arabia welcomes US decision on Iran oil sanction waivers

Updated 42 min 16 sec ago
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Saudi Arabia welcomes US decision on Iran oil sanction waivers

  • The Saudi minister said Iran uses state income to finance their dangerous policies
  • Saudi Arabia will work with other oil producing countries to stabilize international market

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia has welcomed US Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo’s announcement that waivers on the sanctions on Iranian oil exports will be lifted, Saudi state agency SPA reported.

Saudi Arabia believes the US decision is a necessary step to pressure the Iranian government to stop jeopardizing peace and end their global support for terrorism, the Saudi Foreign Minister, Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al-Assaf, said.

The Iranian regime uses the country’s income to finance dangerous policies without any consideration for international law, the minster added.

International pressures on Iran must continue until it stops interfering in the domestic affairs of other countries, he stressed.

Saudi Arabia will continue their strict adherence to the policies, which aim to stabilize international markets, and will not produce oil beyond the balance, Al-Assaf said.

The Kingdom will cooperate with other oil producing countries to produce enough oil for consumers, he added.