UN human rights move shows KSA’s ‘support for international consensus’ over Yemen

Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to Yemen Mohammed Al-Jaber
Updated 01 October 2017

UN human rights move shows KSA’s ‘support for international consensus’ over Yemen

RIYADH: The adoption of a draft Arab resolution by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) shows that Saudi Arabia is supporting “international consensus in Yemen,” the Kingdom’s ambassador to the war-torn country has said.
The UN on Friday agreed to establish a group of experts to examine human rights violations in Yemen’s war and to identify those responsible.
Several Arab states had presented a draft resolution over the issue, which was adopted by consensus without a vote, and which the Yemeni delegation said it accepted.
“The adoption of the Arab draft resolution by the UN Human Rights Council and the withdrawal of Netherlands’ draft resolution confirms that the Kingdom is continuously supporting international consensus in Yemen,” said Mohammed Al-Jaber, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Yemen.
“By agreeing to support the Yemeni National Commission in investigating human rights violations in Yemen, Saudi Arabia reinforces its commitment to the international humanitarian law.
“The adoption of the Arab draft resolution confirms that the Kingdom is keen on ensuring victory for humanity in Yemen and in the world … The UNHRC’s decision is a result of the Kingdom’s tremendous efforts to persuade countries to provide the Yemeni National Commission’s investigation with international support.”
Al-Jaber also endorsed the efforts of the Yemeni National Commission in investigating human rights violations in Yemen. He stressed that the commission must continue to investigate allegations of violations until the legitimacy of the Yemeni government is fully restored. “This will ensure justice for countless victims of human rights violations,” he added.
Abdulmalik Abduljalil Al-Mekhlafi, Yemen’s deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs, welcomed the UN Human Rights Council’s decision, which was announced on Friday in Geneva.
“We have accepted the Arab draft resolution … in order to maintain international consensus in the region,” Al-Mekhlafi said.


Saudi minister hails ‘special relationship’ with Japan

Updated 22 October 2019

Saudi minister hails ‘special relationship’ with Japan

  • “We share common values,” said Majid Al-Qasabi

TOKYO: Saudi Arabia has a “special relationship” with Japan, which is “reliable strategic partner and friend” of the Kingdom, the Saudi Minister for Commerce and Investment Majid Al-Qasabi said on Monday.

The minister was speaking at the launch in Tokyo of the Japanese-language online edition of Arab News, in the latest stage of its global expansion. The event came on the eve of Tuesday’s ceremonial enthronement of Emperor Naruhito in the Japanese capital. “This is a great opportunity, a moment in history,” Al-Qasabi said.

The news website, published in Japanese and English, will focus on enabling the exchange of information between Japan and the Arab world in business, current affairs, and arts and culture. “It will be good to have news in Japanese so many Japanese can read about the Arab world,” Japan’s Defense Minister Taro Kono said at the launch.

Common values

“We share common values, we have a high respect for the elders and we think that the family is very important … to me we are friends and I think we need to work together.

“In order to do that we need to know what people in the Middle East are actually thinking, what is happening on a daily basis, and we haven’t got the source for that — but now Arab News is in Japan.

“This is a very good means to exchange information between the Middle East and Japan, so I am very much looking forward to it.”