Arab ministers condemn Iran’s support of Houthis as militia fire drone at Saudi target

Coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki said the drone was targeting civilian areas in Saudi Arabia’s Najran. (File/AFP)
Updated 11 September 2019

Arab ministers condemn Iran’s support of Houthis as militia fire drone at Saudi target

  • The Arab ministerial committee reiterated the importance of opposing Iranian attempts to threaten the security of the region
  • The Arab coalition intercepted another Houthi drone fired towards Saudi airspace

DUBAI: The Arab ministerial committee has condemned Iran’s support for the Houthis’ targeting Saudi Arabia with ballistic missiles, state news agency SPA reported on Wednesday.

The committee – made up of ministers from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt - condemned Iran’s ongoing support for terrorist acts in the Arab region and its violation of the Security Council resolution 2216 (2015), which requires militia to be disarmed.

The committee also reiterated the importance of opposing Iranian attempts to threaten the security of the region’s energy supplies, as well as maritime installations in the Arabian Gulf and other shipping lanes.

The comments come as the Arab coalition intercept yet another Houthi drone fired towards Saudi airspace. Coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki said the drone was targeting civilian areas in Saudi Arabia’s Najran. 

 


Algeria to go the polls on December 12, says interim president

Updated 15 September 2019

Algeria to go the polls on December 12, says interim president

ALGIERS: Algeria — whose president Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigned in April following mass protests — is to hold a presidential election on December 12, his interim successor announced Sunday.

"I have decided... that the date of the presidential election will be Thursday, December 12," said Abdelkader Bensalah, who is precluded from standing himself, in a televised address.

The announcement comes after army chief General Ahmed Gaid Salah, seen as the strongman in Algeria since the fall of Bouteflika, insisted that polls be held by the end of this year, despite ongoing protests demanding the creation of new institutions ahead of any elections.