Foreign support instigated Houthis to overturn Hadi govt: King Salman

Updated 29 March 2015

Foreign support instigated Houthis to overturn Hadi govt: King Salman

Following is the text of the address of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman at the Arab Summit in Sharm El-Sheikh on Saturday:
I would like to send my deep thanks and appreciation to the people and government of Egypt under the leadership of President Abdel Fattah El-Sissi for hosting the 26th Arab Summit, and the good reception accorded to us.
I would also like to thank His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the emir of Kuwait, for the outstanding efforts he exerted during his chairmanship of the previous session.
I also thank His Excellency the secretary-general of the Arab League and its all staff for exerting good efforts in this regard.

Dear Brothers,
A few days ago, this city (Sharm El-Sheikh) hosted the international economic conference which embodied the support of the Arab and international community for Egypt, and today we gather here to explore finding ways out of the political and security crises facing many Arab countries, and to address the various challenges that confront us.
The painful situation experienced by a number of Arab countries, including terror, internal conflicts and bloodshed, is a natural product of alliance between terror and sectarianism led by regional forces whose flagrant interferences in the Arab region led to the destabilization of security in some countries.
In Yemen, the foreign interference enabled the Houthi militia, though they are a limited group, to orchestrate a coup against the legitimate authority, occupy Sanaa, and impede the implementation of the GCC initiative which was originally meant to safeguard the security, integrity and stability of Yemen. The GCC countries responded positively to a call by President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi for convening a conference in Riyadh under the umbrella of the GCC General Secretariat to find a peaceful solution to the crisis within the framework of the GCC initiative which enjoyed Arab and international acceptance.
Due to the aggression by the Houthi militia, supported by regional powers whose aim was to impose hegemony on Yemen and make it a base for influence in the region, and their intransigence and rejection of the warnings of legitimate Yemeni authorities, the GCC and the (UN) Security Council, the sisterly and friendly countries responded by launching “Operation Decisive Storm” to check the Houthi aggression which poses a major threat to the security and stability of the region, as well as to international peace and security.
Although we did not wish to resort to this decision, we would like to affirm that Riyadh is open to all Yemeni political factions desiring to maintain Yemen’s security and stability for a meeting under the umbrella of the GCC, in the context of adhering to legitimacy, and rejection of a coup against it, that will ensure the return of the state to a position where it can extend its authority over all Yemeni territories, return weapons it seized to the custody of the state, and abstain from threatening the security of neighboring countries.
We also hope that that those who revolted against the legitimate government would revert to the voice of reason, stop calling on foreign powers, and abstain from promoting sectarianism and sowing the seeds of terror. The Decisive Storm operation will continue until all objectives are realized whereby the Yemeni people will enjoy peace and stability.
In this context, I extend appreciation and thanks to the countries joining Operation Decisive Storm and other supportive countries from all parts of the world which contribute to boosting peace and security of the region, and the world at large.

Palestinian cause
The Palestinian cause comes at the forefront of our concern and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia remains committed to fundamentals and principles aimed at achieving a just and comprehensive peace in the region based on achieving the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, including their right to establish their independent state with their capital in Al-Quds which is consistent with the resolutions of international legitimacy and the Arab Peace Initiative of 2002, a matter that was welcomed by the international community and ignored by Israel.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia believes that time has come for the international community to bear its responsibility through the issuance of a decision by the Security Council to adopt the Arab Peace Initiative and throw its weight behind it together with the appointment of an international envoy entrusted to follow the implementation of the international resolution related to the initiative.

Extremism and terror
The scourge of extremism and terror comes at the top of challenges facing the Arab nation, which targets the security and stability of our countries and necessitates us to exercise utmost caution, vigilance and solidarity to deter and eradicate its roots.

Muslim World League signs deal with Moscow to promote interfaith dialogue

Updated 59 min 52 sec ago

Muslim World League signs deal with Moscow to promote interfaith dialogue

  • Al-Issa lauds Russian model of national harmony and coexistence
  • Al-Issa also met with Speaker of the Russian Parliament last month

MOSCOW: The Secretary-General of the Muslim World League (MWL) Sheikh Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa held a meeting with the president of the Russian People’s Council, Sergei Ordzhonikidze, and other council members, where they discussed issues of common interest.

They looked into means of boosting cooperation between Russia and the Muslim world, supporting positive national integration programs and countering extremist speeches and Islamophobia.

Al-Issa lauded the Russian model of national harmony and coexistence, while Ordzhonikidze presented Al-Issa with a copy of the council’s yearly report.

At the meeting the two parties signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to share their experiences in the fight against extremist ideologies, the promotion of interreligious dialogue and coexistence and the implementation of joint projects to achieve shared goals. They also stressed the pure and peaceful values of Islam and rejected all forms of extremism and Islamophobia.

The meeting was attended by the Russian deputy chairman of the Committee for the Development of Agriculture, Aygun Memedov, the chairman of the Committee on the Normalization of Relations Between Nationalities and Religions, Sheikh Albert Karganov, the Mufti of Moscow and the Khanti-Mansisk Region in Siberia Sheikh Tahir Samatov.

Last month, Al-Issa met with Speaker of the Russian Parliament Vyacheslav Volodin. They discussed subjects related to promoting and supporting dialogue among followers of different religions and civilizations, activating cultural contacts and exchanges between the Muslim world and Russia.

Al-Issa signed a cooperation agreement between the MWL and Moscow’s Fund for Islamic Culture, Science and Education. The agreement focused on tackling extremism and promoting tolerance. The agreement stressed the need for cooperation in the fight against extremism, intolerance, aggression and hostility among religions, races and ideologies that could lead to terrorism.

Both parties agreed to exchange information on the activities of scientific centers, cultural forums and websites.