Saudi Arabia condemns Iran violation of Iraqi sovereignty

Saudi Arabia on Thursday condemned Iran's violation of Iraqi sovereignty after Tehran launched 22 missiles at military bases housing US troops. (File/Shutterstock)
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Updated 09 January 2020

Saudi Arabia condemns Iran violation of Iraqi sovereignty

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Thursday condemned Iran's violation of Iraqi sovereignty after Tehran launched 22 missiles at military bases housing US troops.

The Kingdom also called for restraint and avoiding escalation to maintain the security and stability of Iraq and the region after the attack, which was in response to the US killing of Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani in a drone strike.

Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman said on Wednesday that the Kingdom and its leadership will always stand with Iraq and its people.

The prince said the Kingdom would "do everything in its power to spare Iraq from the danger of war and conflict between external parties, and for its people to live in prosperity after what they have endured in the past."


Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Jaber, Saudi ambassador to Yemen

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Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Jaber, Saudi ambassador to Yemen

  • Al-Jaber was appointed ambassador 10 days before the Houthi coup of September 2014

Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Jaber is the Kingdom’s ambassador to Yemen and the executive director of Yemen Comprehensive Humanitarian Operations.

He is also the general supervisor of the Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen. 

Al-Jaber was appointed ambassador 10 days before the Houthi coup of September 2014.

He obtained his bachelor’s degree in military sciences from King Abdul Aziz Military College and a master’s degree, also in military sciences, from the Saudi Armed Forces Command and Staff College.

He was assigned political and military roles in strategic planning and negotiation, as well as in security, before taking on his role as head of Saudi Arabia’s diplomatic mission in Yemen.

Al-Jaber led the Saudi delegation in the Geneva Consultations on Yemen peace talks in 2015 and the Yemen peace talks in Kuwait in 2016.

He also represented the Saudi Ministry of Defense at the quadrilateral border security dialogue in the US.

The Kingdom co-hosted a UN pledging event on Tuesday, and remains the top backer of the war-ravaged country with a $500 million pledge. Al-Jaber said it was a continuation of Saudi efforts to serve the Yemeni people on all fronts — humanitarian, economic, and development.

Saudi Arabia “is the biggest supporter of Yemen, with a total value of humanitarian and development aid amounting to about $17 billion,” he said.

The envoy highlighted the Kingdom’s humanitarian role and efforts, adding that it topped the donor countries in response to the UN humanitarian plan for Yemen in 2018 with $500 million, $750 million in 2019, and that it was also carrying out initiatives and programs through the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center.