Saudi Arabia: Yemen separatists should hand over military bases to government in Aden

Saudi Arabia is following the latest developments in Aden and regrets the outbreak of violence in the city - an example of which can be seen here - according to a Saudi Press Agency report. (Reuters)
Updated 06 September 2019

Saudi Arabia: Yemen separatists should hand over military bases to government in Aden

  • Kingdom expressed its complete rejection of the recent escalation of violence in Aden
  • The Kingdom backed the need to restore the legitimate government

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia said on Thursday that Yemen’s southern separatists should hand over military bases and government buildings in Aden, and it reiterated its support for Yemen’s government, the Saudi Press Agency said.

“Any attempt to destabilize Yemen’s security is a threat to the Kingdom (of Saudi Arabia) and the region and will be dealt with decisively,” the SPA said.

Separately, Washington is in talks with Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi militias in a bid to end the country’s war, a top US official said on Thursday, the first such contact in more than four years. The negotiations open a direct channel between President Donald Trump’s administration and the Houthis amid the threat of a broader regional conflict with Iran.

It also comes after the rebels stepped up missile and drone attacks on Saudi Arabia.

“We are narrowly focused on trying to end the war in Yemen,” Assistant Secretary of Near Eastern Affairs David Schenker told reporters during a visit to Al-Kharj air base near Riyadh.

“We are also having talks to the extent possible with the Houthis to try and find a mutually accepted negotiated solution to the conflict.”

At the Al-Kharj air base, Schenker was shown a display of fragments of Iran-supplied missiles and unmanned drones intercepted in recent months.

“The United States is working to try and prevent the smuggling of weapons to the Houthis,” Schenker said while condemning the attacks on Saudi Arabia.

“That’s a priority for us.”

Meanwhile, UN special envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths has expressed support for negotiations between the Yemeni government and southern separatists that started in Jeddah on Wednesday. 

Yemen’s government officials started talks with the Southern Transitional Council (STC) in a bid to end fighting in Aden and other southern provinces, a Yemeni official said. 

The delegation, which landed in the Kingdom on Tuesday, is headed by Aidroos Al-Zubaidi, the council’s leader.

Anwar Gargash, UAE minister of state of foreign affairs, said on Wednesday that he was confident that the Jeddah meeting would succeed in uniting the two sides against what he called the “Houthi coup.”

He also thanked Saudi Arabia for “leading the coalition politically and militarily with care and skill.”


Arab coalition intercepts Houthi drones launched toward Saudi Arabia’s Khamis Mushait

Updated 01 June 2020

Arab coalition intercepts Houthi drones launched toward Saudi Arabia’s Khamis Mushait

  • Houthi attacks on residential areas continue to violate international law says Coalition spokesman
  • Al-Maliki says deterrent measures against the terrorist Houthi militia to neutralize and destroy these capabilities rigorously will continue

RIYADH: The Arab coalition has intercepted two drones on Monday that were launched by the Houthis toward residential areas in the southwestern Saudi city of Khamis Mushayt.

In a statement Coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki confirmed the attack by the Houthis.

“The Houthi militia continues to violate the customary International Humanitarian Law by launching and deliberately targeting civilians and densely populated civilian areas with UAVs, threatening the lives of hundreds of civilians in the process,” Al-Maliki added.

He said the attacks were another “confirmation of rejection of the ceasefire and de-escalation initiative announced by the Coalition on (April 9, 2020).”

Al-Maliki said Houthi ceasefire violations now exceeded 5,000, in a variety of attacks using various weapons.

“The Joint Forces Command of the Coalition continues to undertake all deterrent measures against the terrorist Houthi militia to neutralize and destroy these capabilities rigorously, and in accordance with the customary International Humanitarian Law,” he added.