All human activity in space must be peaceful, Saudi Arabia tells UN

Saudi Arabia has launched 12 satellites so far. (Shutterstock)
Updated 30 October 2019

All human activity in space must be peaceful, Saudi Arabia tells UN

  • Saudi Arabia has launched 12 satellites so far

NEW YORK: Saudi Arabia is committed to the exploration and utilization of outer space for solely peaceful purposes, the UN heard on Tuesday.
During a debate organized by the First Committee on Disarmament and International Security, during the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, Saudi Second Secretary Fahad Abu-Haimid stressed the importance of international legal agreements and regulations designed to prevent the weaponization of space. He added that any attempt to place armaments in space would cause serious harm to the whole world.


Oman, UAE praise Saudi Arabia for reaching a deal between Yemeni parties

Updated 22 min 46 sec ago

Oman, UAE praise Saudi Arabia for reaching a deal between Yemeni parties

  • Gulf countries praise Saudi Arabia’s role in brokering the Riyadh Agreement.
  • The deal ends a feud between the government and the STC and refocuses efforts on fighting the Houthi militia

RIYADH: Oman welcomed on Tuesday Saudi Arabia’s efforts in bringing together the Yemeni government and southern separatists to sign a power sharing agreement. 
The two parties signed the Saudi-brokered deal in Riyadh last week to end a power struggle in the country’s south. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman hailed the agreement as a step toward a wider political solution to the Yemen conflict.
Oman’s foreign ministry said it “hopes the agreement will pave the way for a comprehensive settlement in Yemen.”
Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister, Prince Khalid bin Salman, visited Oman on Monday and met Sultan Qaboos bin Said.
The UAE Cabinet also welcomed on Tuesday the signing of the agreement and expressed confidence that it will establish a “new era of unified and effective work to meet the aspirations of the Yemeni people.”
“The Cabinet affirmed the UAE’s support for all efforts exerted by Saudi Arabia, through its leadership of the Arab Coalition, in order to stabilize Yemen and allow it to regain it role in the region,” the state WAM news agency reported.
The new arrangement calls for an equal number of ministries between the Southern Transitional Council (STC) and the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.
The Kuwaiti Cabinet also welcomed the Riyadh Agreement on Monday and thanked Saudi Arabia for its efforts.
Yemen’s government was forced to flee the capital Sanaa when Houthi militants and their allies seized the city in 2014. 
The government and the STC are part of a military coalition against the Iran-backed Houthis, which also includes Saudi Arabia and the UAE.