Jeddah meet to discuss ways to defeat terror

Updated 10 September 2014

Jeddah meet to discuss ways to defeat terror

US Secretary of State John Kerry will participate in a high-profile regional meeting being hosted by the Kingdom on Thursday to discuss terrorism and security-related issues in the Middle East, including the threats posed by the Islamic State (IS).
The talks, to be held in Jeddah, will bring together ministers and high-ranking officials from GCC countries, Egypt, Jordan and Turkey.
Kerry, who has pledged to build the broadest possible coalition of partners around the globe to confront and defeat IS, is currently on a tour of Middle East countries.
“Kerry will hold bilateral meetings in Jeddah and Amman with counterparts to discuss regional issues and the current situation in Iraq,” Johann Schmonsees, US Embassy spokesman in Riyadh, said Tuesday. “While traveling in the region, Kerry will also consult key partners and allies on how to further support the security and stability of the Iraqi government, combat the threat posed by IS and confront Middle East security challenges,” Johann told Arab News.
Talks in Jeddah will be attended by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu amid intense US-led efforts to include Turkey in the anti-IS fight.
Egypt’s Foreign Minister, Sameh Shokri, will head a high-level delegation to take part in the talks.
The negotiations between officials in Jeddah will determine the nature of the alliance expected to be formed to face the threat of IS.
The announcement to hold the meeting comes a day after Riyadh backed an Arab League resolution emphasizing the need to take quick measures to crush regional terrorist organizations.
The meeting in Jeddah is also likely to discuss key regional issues affecting peace and security in the Middle East. In remarks made on Tuesday before his departure to the Middle East, Kerry said, “almost every single country on earth has a role to play in eliminating the IS threat.”


Houthis, Iran condemned over new drone attacks on KSA

Updated 26 October 2020

Houthis, Iran condemned over new drone attacks on KSA

  • One civilian injured by shrapnel after Saudi-led coalition intercepts four flying bombs launched from Yemen

JEDDAH: Houthi militias and their Iranian backers were condemned on Sunday after the Saudi-led coalition intercepted four explosive-laden drones in two attacks launched from Yemen targeting the south of the Kingdom.

Three of the drones were destroyed early on Saturday and a fourth on Sunday. Shrapnel that fell in Sarat Abidah governorate injured a civilian, and damaged five homes and three vehicles, said civil defense spokesman Capt. Mohammed Abdu Al-Sayed.

Iran was increasing its support to the Houthis to undermine efforts for peace, Dr. Hamdan Al-Shehri, the political analyst and international relations scholar, told Arab News.

“They want the Houthis to sabotage all they can in Saudi Arabia, regardless of whether their target is a populated area, oil facilities or even a sacred place. This adds tension to the area, and that is what Iran is working on.”

Iranians want the Houthis to sabotage all they can in Saudi Arabia, regardless of whether their target is a populated area, oil facilities or even a sacred place. This adds tension to the area, and that is what Iran is working on.

Dr. Hamdan Al-Shehri, political analyst and international relations scholar

Al-Shehri said the situation in Yemen would remain the same unless the legitimate government was returned to Yemen, Security Council Resolution 2216 was put into practice and the Houthi militia were removed.

“Without these things, the Yemen crisis will not end and the whole region will remain in tension.”

The Houthis did not differentiate between military sites and civilian locations, he said.

“Their objective is to damage all places they can reach in Saudi Arabia, and their latest attempts to attack a populated area are nothing new.

“They have also targeted airports and some Aramco oil facilities. If the Aramco attack had not been contained, the damage would have affected the whole Eastern region. They have also attempted to target Makkah, where pilgrims and worshippers were performing their rituals.

“They don’t care. If you look back at what the Revolutionary Guards did at the Grand Mosque, you will realize it is not strange that the Houthis are trying to destroy everything in Saudi Arabia. The strange thing is the silence of the world toward what is happening.”