Saudi Cabinet urges Yemenis to engage in dialogue

King Salman chairs the Cabinet session at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah. (SPA)
Updated 28 August 2019

Saudi Cabinet urges Yemenis to engage in dialogue

  • Israel’s violations against Palestinian people condemned

RIYADH: The Saudi Cabinet reaffirmed on Tuesday the Kingdom’s call to the Yemeni government and all parties that broke out of the conflict in Aden to hold a meeting in Saudi Arabia. Chaired by King Salman at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah, the Cabinet discussed the contents of the joint statement issued by the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Emirati Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. It stressed both countries’ keenness to preserve the Yemeni state, its security and the interests of the people under the leadership of the legitimate president.
The Cabinet urged Yemen to engage in the Jeddah dialogue, to address the causes and repercussions of the events witnessed in some southern governorates and to reject the defamation campaigns targeting the UAE.
According to the Saudi Press Agency, Dr. Majid Al-Qassabi, minister of trade and investment and acting minister of media, said that the Cabinet condemned the Israeli occupation forces attacking worshippers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the first day of Eid Al-Adha.

HIGHLIGHTS

• The Cabinet congratulates all who were involved in the success of this year’s Hajj season, with 2,489,406 pilgrims performing the rituals.

• It also thanked the outstanding efforts made to provide all services, facilities and care to ensure pilgrims’ safety. 

The Cabinet rejected the Israeli violations against the Palestinian people and called on the international community to protect them from aggressive practices.
It congratulated all who were involved in the success of this year’s Hajj season, with 2,489,406 pilgrims performing the rituals. It also thanked the outstanding efforts made to provide all services, facilities and care to ensure pilgrims’ safety.
It authorized a memorandum of understanding between the Saudi Ministry of Information and the Russian Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media for cooperation in media.
It also decided that the agreement on establishing the Saudi-Indian Strategic Partnership Council should replace the agreement on establishing the Saudi-Indian Higher Coordination Council.


Houthi attack on Saudi Aramco facilities act of terror: Japanese defense minister

Updated 16 September 2019

Houthi attack on Saudi Aramco facilities act of terror: Japanese defense minister

TOKYO: Taro Kono, the defense minister of Japan, said that threats to his country’s oil supply was the “most worrying scenario” he could imagine in international relations, in the wake of attacks on Saudi Arabian oil production facilities. 

“The most pessimistic scenario right now is that something happens in the Straits of Hormuz and the oil supply gets cut down, and that would send a shock wave through the global economy. I think the price of oil is already rising after this attack on Saudi facilities, so that’s the most worrying scenario right now,” he told a conference in Tokyo, Japan.

However, speaking on the sidelines to Arab News, he insisted that Saudi Arabia would remain a reliable partner of Japan - which imports around 40 per cent of its crude from the Kingdom - and downplayed concerns about long-term supply problems.

“Saudi has been and will be an important source of our energy supply. We have international co-ordination, and we have reserves, so we are not really worried about that,” he said. 

Kono, who was until recently Japan’s foreign minister, said that his country would be seeking to promote diplomatic solutions to the latest Middle East conflagration. "We definitely need to ease the tension between those countries. As Foreign Minister, the last thing I was doing was calling the Iranian Foreign Minister and the French Foreign Minister to ease the tension the region through diplomatic actions, and I think it's important to continue doing it.

“This Houthi attack on Saudi is a little different, because it's a terrorist attack. I think we may require some kind of military operation against those drone attacks, and that's something out of Japan's constitutional boundary. I think Japan will be focusing on diplomatic efforts in easing tension in the region.”

He raised concerns about the apparent lack of sophistication in the recent attacks. “If it is really drones, that is a lot cheaper than any form of conventional missile,” he said.