Saudi Arabia provided $13bn in support to Yemen since 2014: Arab coalition

Arab Coalition Spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki speaks at a press conference in Riyadh. (File photo/SPA)
Updated 18 February 2019

Saudi Arabia provided $13bn in support to Yemen since 2014: Arab coalition

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has provided more than $13 billion in support to Yemen since 2014, the Arab coalition said on Monday.

“We are providing political and humanitarian relief efforts to support the Yemeni people in addition to combating terrorism in Yemen,” coalition spokesman Turki Al-Maliki said.

Speaking in Riyadh, Al-Maliki gave details about a series of successful military operations throughout Yemen. He said specific military operations were continuing in Hadramout province, Saada and other Yemeni areas. The coalition “continues to support the ground operations of the Yemeni National Army toward Maran.”
He also said the Iranian-backed Houthi militia have breached the Stockholm agreement more than 1,400 times, reiterating that the Houthi militia continue to fire ballistic missiles and plant land and sea mines and using Yemeni civilians as human shields.
Al-Maliki said the “coup” and the absence of a legitimate government had led to the rise of terrorist organizations in Yemen.
Al-Maliki said the Houthis had attempted to camouflage ballistic missile launch pads and he presented several videos and photographs of military operations targeting the militants. He also presented examples of Iranian-made weapons used by the Houthis.
The Houthis have lost about 1,000 fighters during the past two weeks, according to the coalition.

 


Saudi Arabia welcomes Egypt’s new initiative for Libya

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Saudi Arabia welcomes Egypt’s new initiative for Libya

  • The Kingdom urged both the LNA and the GNA to implement a cease-fire immediately
  • Saudi Arabia also urged both to start negotiating under the auspices of the UN in order to establish safety in Libya

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia welcomed Egypt’s new initiative for Libya and president Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s call for a cease-fire in the country on Saturday.
The Kingdom also welcomed all international efforts aiming to stop the fighting in Libya and encouraged negotiations based on the initiative, called the “Cairo declaration,” and recommendations made at the Geneva and Berlin conferences on Libya.
The Kingdom urged both eastern commander Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) and the rival Government of National Accord (GNA) to implement a cease-fire immediately.
Saudi Arabia also urged both to start negotiating under the auspices of the UN in order to establish safety and security in Libya and protect it from foreign interference.