To join alliance, Iran ‘must change policy’

Updated 18 December 2015
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To join alliance, Iran ‘must change policy’

CAIRO: For Iran to become part of the Islamic military coalition, it must stop supporting terrorism abroad and threatening Arab and Muslim countries.

It was announced by Brig. Gen. Ahmed Al-Assiri, advisor at the defense minister's office and spokesman of the Arab coalition for Yemen’s peace.
Al-Assiri was accompanying Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during his Cairo visit.
He noted: "We are now talking about actions to defeat terror and if Tehran is willing to become part of this coalition, it must stop its interference in Syria and Yemen and quit supporting terrorism in Lebanon and Iraq."
He said steps are being taken to build a joint operations center for the Islamic military coalition in Riyadh.
Regarding Yemen’s truce, he said: "Houthi militias and the forces of the deposed president have breached the agreements several times since its announcement."
The command center monitors and responds to such violations, he stressed.
He said the military goals have been achieved in Yemen but efforts are continuing on the political front. “This is evident from the Yemeni government in Aden, which is independently running the affairs of the country.”
He said the relief and humanitarian efforts are advancing significantly which can be seen through the King Salman Center, which has received large quantities of relief material.


France: ‘not very credible’ that Houthis attacked Saudi oil plants

Updated 19 September 2019

France: ‘not very credible’ that Houthis attacked Saudi oil plants

  • The Frrench foreign minister said to wait for the results of the investigation
  • Iran, which supports the Houthi group, has denied any involvement in the attacks

PARIS: A claim from Yemen’s Houthis they were responsible for the attack on Saudi oil facilities is “not very credible,” France’s foreign minister said on Thursday.
“Yemen’s rebels have announced they have triggered this attack. That is not very credible, relatively speaking,” the minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, told C News television.
“There is an international investigation, let’s wait for its results. I don’t have a specific opinion before these results,” he said, adding the investigation into the Saudi oil attacks will be fast.
The Trump administration and Saudi Arabia have pointed the finger at Iran for the Sept. 14 raids, which hit the world’s biggest crude oil processing facility and initially knocked out half of Saudi output.
Iran, which supports the Houthi group, has denied any involvement in the attacks.