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Coalition forces upbeat on Day 12

Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif and Defense Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman visited the King Khaled Air Base at Khamis Mushayt on Sunday evening to boost the morale of the fighters engaged in Operation Decisive Storm.
The deputy crown prince was briefed on the air operations and their specific objectives and their preparedness.
Prince Mohammed bin Naif and Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with the commanders of the coalition forces and the pilots involving in the air operations.
In Islamabad, Pakistani Defense Minister Khawaja Asif emphasized his country’s resolve in protecting the Kingdom against any threat to its territorial integrity.
Addressing a joint session of Parliament, he said: “Pakistan cannot afford to give up and that he visited Riyadh last week to discuss the situation with Saudi officials.”
In Rabat, Saudi Ambassador to Morocco, Abdul Rahman bin Mohammed Al-Judia, confirmed that Operation Decisive Storm came in response to the appeal of Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi to stand against the onslaught of the Houthis.
He said that Houthis were trying to overthrow the legitimate government in Yemen.
He added that the Houthis are a threat to national security of Yemen and its stability as well as the security of the Kingdom, the Gulf Cooperation Council countries and the Arab security.
The Saudi ambassador said that there is a regional power supporting these terrorist movements and is seeking to extend its influence and hegemony over the Middle East in general, and the Arabian Gulf in particular.
He said dialogue among various political Yemeni actors is always the preferred option for the Kingdom, the GCC countries and the countries of the coalition, citing in this field the Gulf initiative to save Yemen.
He appreciated the participation of Morocco in the coalition and hailed Saudi-Moroccan relations and their joint anti-terrorism efforts.

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