Saudi Arabia’s Al-Jubeir warns of intolerable Iranian threat

Iran threatens the entire region and its aggression can no longer be tolerated, Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir said on Friday. (File/AFP)
Updated 07 December 2019

Saudi Arabia’s Al-Jubeir warns of intolerable Iranian threat

  • Al-Jubeir stressed that Iran must be deprived of the tools that threaten the region
  • He also said the only solution to Yemen is political

JEDDAH: Iran continues to pose a serious threat to the entire region and its aggression can no longer be tolerated, Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir said on Friday.

He told the Mediterranean Dialogue Conference in Rome that the regime in Tehran must be deprived of the tools it uses to endanger the region and the world.

“Iran believes in the principle of exporting its revolution and does not respect the sovereignty of states,” said Al-Jubeir. The regime is spending millions of dollars to build nuclear weapons but does not take care of its people, he said.

Nobody is suggesting a regime change, the minister said; the solution instead lies in more effective negotiations to agree an improved Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the so-called Iran nuclear deal), and halt Tehran’s interference in other countries and its support of terrorism.

Turning to the crisis in Yemen, Al-Jubeir said only a political solution will be effective. “The Houthis are the ones who started the war, not us,” he added, but stressed that they will not be excluded from the peace and recovery process.

“All Yemenis, including the Houthis, have a role in the future of Yemen,” he said. “We support the legitimate government and the creation of new institutions that can be representative of all Yemenis.”

In a series of tweets on the Saudi Foreign Ministry’s Twitter account, Al-Jubeir addressed a number of other issues, including the regional dispute with Qatar.


Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio meets with Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir, left, at the Rome Med 2019 – Mediterranean Dialogues summit, in Rome. (AP)

“We have a common history with Qatar and we have a common destiny, but there are necessary steps that need to be taken,” he wrote.

Regarding the decision by the Trump administration to withdraw US forces from a number of countries in the region, Al-Jubeir noted: “While they redeploy from Iraq they’re sending more troops to Saudi Arabia. Their presence is welcome, because they’re our allies.”

Al-Jubeir’s strong criticism of Iran was echoed on Friday by UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet.

She said that Iranian security forces used “severe violence” to quell anti-government unrest last month, shooting at protesters from helicopters and a rooftop. They aimed for people’s heads and also fired at protesters as they ran away, she added, citing verified video footage.

Bachelet said the UN Human Rights Office has received information indicating that at least 208 people were killed, including 13 women and 12 children, during the demonstrations and at least 7,000 people arrested. 

Iranian authorities this week confirmed for the first time that security forces killed demonstrators during what human rights groups have described as the deadliest anti-government unrest since 1979.

“All in all, the picture now emerging from Iran is extremely disturbing,” Bachelet said.

Yemeni president in US for annual medical checkup

Updated 13 August 2020

Yemeni president in US for annual medical checkup

AL-MUKALLA: Yemen’s President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi touched down in the US for his annual medical checkup on Thursday, the Yemeni Embassy in the US said.
Ambassador Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak received Hadi at the airport in Cleveland, Ohio, where the appointment is due to take place, and “reaffirmed his utmost best wishes to the president for continued good health,” the embassy said in a brief statement.
Hadi left for the US after appointing a new governor and a new security chief in Aden, and mandating new Prime Minister Maeen Abdul Malik Saeed to form a new government. Hadi has travelled regularly to Cleveland for medical treatment since becoming president in early 2012, reportedly suffering from heart problems.
Saeed asked the governor, Ahmed Hamid Lamlis, to focus his efforts on reviving public institutions in Aden, restoring peace and security and fixing basic services that have been hit hard by years of instability. The official Saba news agency reported that the prime minister pledged Lamlis his government’s full support.
Saeed also entered discussions with various political factions in Yemen with a view to forming his government. Abdul Malik Al-Mekhlafi, an adviser to President Hadi, said on Twitter that the administration would be announced within a month, as the internationally recognized government and the Southern Transitional Council (STC) enacted security and military components of the Riyadh Agreement.
The STC recently rescinded a controversial declaration of self-rule under a new Saudi-brokered proposal to accelerate the implementation of the Riyadh Agreement.
Signed by both sides in late 2019, the agreement was designed to end hostilities in Aden and other southern provinces. Under the deal, the government and the STC were agreed to withdraw their forces from contested areas in southern Yemen, move heavy weapons and military units from Aden and allow the new government to resume duties.
Meanwhile, a judiciary committee assigned by the country’s attorney general to investigate reports of thousands of tons of ammonium nitrate stored at Aden’s port found hat the material was in fact a different fertilizer, urea, which could also prove hazardous if mixed with other materials.
In a letter addressed to the Yemen Gulf of Aden Ports Corporation, Judge Anes Nasser Ali, a local prosecutor, ordered the port’s authorities to remove the urea from the city.
Shortly after the tragic explosion in the Lebanese capital Beirut last Tuesday, Fatehi Ben Lazerq, editor of the Aden Al-Ghad newspaper, ignited public uproar after suggesting 4,900 tons of ammonium nitrate stored in 130 containers had been gathering dust at the port for the last three years, which could cause an equally destructive explosion. The story prompted the country’s chief prosecutor, politicians and the public to call for an investigation.