Houthis cannot take Yemen by force: US

Updated 08 April 2015
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Houthis cannot take Yemen by force: US

US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who wrapped up a day’s visit to Riyadh after meetings with senior government officials, warned Houthi rebels that they cannot take over Yemen by force.
Blinken was addressing a press conference at the US Embassy on Tuesday in the presence of Ambassador Joseph W. Westphal.
Blinken held talks with Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif, Defense Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and GCC Secretary-General Abdul Latif Al-Zayani.
He said Washington has stepped up intelligence sharing with coalition forces and started supplying more weapons to fight against the rebels. He indicated that the Kingdom was sending a “strong message to the Houthis and their allies that they cannot overrun Yemen by force.”
He also said that the US has set up a coordinating cell at the Decisive Storm command center in Riyadh.
In response to a question, he said the first priority of Operation Decisive Storm is to avoid civilian casualties. He stressed that the Saudi-led coalition forces are determined to wipe out terror and set up legitimate rule following GCC guidelines.
Speaking about nuclear activities in Iran, he said neither the US nor Saudi Arabia is safe until Iran ceases its nuclear activity.
He pointed out that the US will not allow any actions to destabilize the region.
He said that the operation was launched collectively and coalition members would continue to cooperate in the coming years.


Saudi efforts to ‘heal Afghan division’ win royal approval

King Salman chairs the Cabinet session in Jeddah on Tuesday. SPA
Updated 18 July 2018
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Saudi efforts to ‘heal Afghan division’ win royal approval

  • The forum urged all Afghan factions to halt the fighting and work toward “reconciliation between brothers
  • China’s Belt and Road initiative will link the interests of China and Arab countries

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has expressed his appreciation to scholars who took part in the International Ulema Conference on Peace and Security in Afghanistan in Makkah, saying the Kingdom was making efforts to “heal the divisions and differences among the Afghan people.”

Chairing the Cabinet session at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Tuesday, the king said Saudi Arabia was working toward “unifying the ranks and words of Muslims worldwide.”
He briefed the Cabinet on the results of his recent talks with President Cyril Ramaphosa, of South Africa, on future cooperation between the two countries.
The Cabinet welcomed the final statement by the Makkah conference calling on states, organizations and Islamic elites to play positive roles in achieving security and peace in Afghanistan.
The forum urged all Afghan factions to halt the fighting and work toward “reconciliation between brothers, extinguishing the fire of sedition.”
Muslims worldwide should continue their “firm stand in front of the advocates of violence and extremism in defense of their religion and maintaining the unity of the Islamic world,” it said.
The Cabinet also reviewed a ministerial meeting of the Arab-Chinese Cooperation Forum in Beijing and welcomed a decision by Chinese leader President Xi Jinping to establish an Arab-Chinese strategic partnership.
China’s Belt and Road initiative will link the interests of China and Arab countries and “add to the prosperity and economic advancement of all,” it said.
The Cabinet denounced recent suicide attacks on two election gatherings in Pakistan and the city of Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan, and offered condolences to families of the victims.
In the local arena, the Cabinet extended its appreciation to the king, based on a report by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, for pardoning all troops who have taken part in the Saudi Renewal of Hope operation in Yemen of their military and disciplinary penalties for their heroism and sacrifices.
The Cabinet approved a license for the Iraqi Commercial Bank to open a branch in Saudi Arabia and authorized the Minister of Finance to decide on any subsequent requests to open other branches.