Houthis continue to block aid, attack Saudi Arabia: White House National Security Council

The Houthis continue to block aid in Yemen and attack Saudi Arabia with drones provided by Iran, the US National Security Council said on Wednesday. (File/AP)
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Updated 03 June 2020

Houthis continue to block aid, attack Saudi Arabia: White House National Security Council

  • The council urged the Houthis “to work toward peaceful solution to end the conflict in Yemen”
  • The US decreased its aid to Yemen this year because of interference by the Houthis

LONDON: The Houthis continue to block humanitarian aid in Yemen and attack Saudi Arabia with drones provided by Iran, the White House National Security Council said on Wednesday. 
“Instead of heeding UN calls for a ceasefire, the Houthis are attacking Saudi Arabia with explosive UAVs provided by Iran,” the council said.
The council urged the Houthis “to work toward a peaceful solution to end the conflict in Yemen.”
The comments come a day after Saudi Arabia hosted a donor conference for Yemen in partnership with the UN where the Kingdom pledged an aid package worth $500 million.

Around $1.35 billion of aid for Yemen was pledged at the conference by 30 countries.

The US decreased its aid to Yemen this year because of interference by the Houthis.

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The country is suffering from the worst humanitarian crisis in the world and some 24 million of its population requires aid. 

COVID-19 has added to the country’s woes.

 


Dawn of a new leader, Kuwait’s new emir sworn in and pledges to do his ‘utmost best’

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Dawn of a new leader, Kuwait’s new emir sworn in and pledges to do his ‘utmost best’

  • The new Emir said the country’s constitution ensured a “smooth transition” of leadership
  • He succeeds his brother Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah who ruled Kuwait since 2006

DUBAI: Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabeh has been sworn in as the new Kuwait Emir on Wednesday, vowing to carry out his responsibilities to his utmost best, state news agency KUNA has reported.
Al-Sabah said the country’s constitution ensured a “smooth transition” of leadership, as the country mourned the death of his brother Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah who ruled Kuwait since 2006.
“The trust bestowed upon me by the Kuwaiti people is a trust I bear in my neck,” the new Emir said.

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“Kuwait has been subjected, throughout its long history, to serious and harsh challenges that we managed to overcome through cooperation,” he added.

Al-Sabah paid tribute to the previous leadership and said “Sheikh Sabah’s policy will remain a highlight for us.”
The Speaker of the Kuwaiti National Assembly Marzouq Al-Ghanim also spoke at the ceremony.
“We are confident that Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah will lead Kuwait to prosperity,” he said.

His appointment was immediately welcomed by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, who said that his country and Kuwait have always had strong bonds throughout the years.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and Iraq’s Bahram Salih also congratulated the Sheikh Nawaf on his new role.