British PM May welcomes coalition efforts to reopen Yemen ports for humanitarian assistance

Crown Prince Salman has affirmed ‘the keenness of the Kingdom and the coalition countries on the security and stability of Yemen, the safety of its people,’ among others. (Arab News)
Updated 21 December 2017

British PM May welcomes coalition efforts to reopen Yemen ports for humanitarian assistance

JEDDAH: British Prime Minister Theresa May has welcomed the steps being taken by the Saudi-led coalition to reopen ports to enable the humanitarian assistance to access the Yemeni people.
In a telephone conversation with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the British premier leader also reiterated the UK’s “welcoming of measures taken by the Coalition for supporting the legitimacy in Yemen.”
The Arab Coalition in Yemen said the Houthi-controlled Hodeidah port would remain open for a month, despite a failed missile attack on the Saudi capital last Tuesday, and noted it was keen “keen to maintain humanitarian aid to the Yemeni people.”
The British premier likewise stressed in her conversation with the crown prince “the need for continuing inspection procedures to prevent the smuggling of weapons and missiles to Yemeni territories and threatening the security and stability of neighboring countries and the region.”
American officials last week presented declassified documents to prove that Iran was violating international law by funneling missiles to Houthi militias in Yemen.
Nikki Haley, the US envoy to the UN, particularly presented segments of missiles that were launched toward Saudi Arabia from Houthi-controlled territory in Yemen.
For his part, Crown Prince Salman affirmed “the keenness of the Kingdom and the coalition countries on the security and stability of Yemen, the safety of its people, the security of neighboring countries and providing all humanitarian aid and relief materials for the Yemeni people.”


Condemnation of attacks on Saudi Aramco oil plants continue

Updated 17 September 2019

Condemnation of attacks on Saudi Aramco oil plants continue

  • Bahraini King calls Saudi leadership

RIYADH: Condemnations of Saturday’s attack on Saudi Aramco oil installations continued on Monday, as the US pointed out Iran as the likely culprit behind the drone strikes that have dramatically escalated tensions in the region and triggered a record leap in global oil prices.

King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman both received calls from the King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa of Bahrain to condemn the attacks at Saudi oil facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais.

US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper called the crown prince, who is also the defense minister, to affirm his country's full support for the Kingdom.

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said, “We will work with international partners to forge the widest and most effective response,” with a statement from his ministry saying the “UK remains committed to supporting the security of Saudi Arabia.”

India also slammed the attacks and reiterated the country’s “rejection of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations,” a foreign ministry spokesman said.

Official Spokesperson of the UN Secretary General Stephane Dujarric said in a statement that the Secretary General condemns Saturday's attacks on two Aramco oil plants.

The German Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said, “Such an attack on civilian and vital infrastructure in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is not justified”.

— with SPA