Yemen welcomes UN report on Iran’s nuclear commitment under 2015 deal

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo earlier called on the United Nations Security Council for an arms embargo on Iran to be extended indefinitely. (AFP file photo)
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Updated 04 July 2020

Yemen welcomes UN report on Iran’s nuclear commitment under 2015 deal

  • Yemen’s Foreign Ministry emphasizes the ‘necessity of stopping all the violations of the Iranian regime’

DUBAI: Yemen’s internationally recognized government on Friday welcomed the UN Secretariat’s report on Iran’s implementation of its nuclear commitments which the global body endorsed through Resolution 2231 in 2015.

In a statement Yemen’s Foreign Ministry emphasized the “necessity of stopping all the violations of the Iranian regime” and it blamed Tehran for “transferring ballistic missiles and other arms to Yemen’s Houthis – the rebels use them to kill Yemenis and attack Saudi Arabia.”

The foreign ministry also warned the continued Iranian armament of Houthis will undermine the efforts by the UN peace mediator and others to achieve peace in Yemen, state news agency Saba New reported.

Arab leaders earlier condemned the Iran-backed Houthi militants’ launch of booby-trapped drones aimed towards Saudi Arabia. Three drones were intercepted and destroyed by Arab coalition forces in Yemeni airspace while another was shot down in Saudi territory, Arab coalition spokesperson Col. Turki Al-Maliki said on Friday.

“These attacks show how the Houthi militia lack the political will to cease hostilities or engage in a serious peace-making process for Yemen,” Arab League Secretary General Ahmad Abul Gheit said in a statement, adding the militants were undermining stability and peace in the war-torn country.

The Arab Parliament likewise strongly condemned the Houthi militia’s ‘cowardly attacks.’

“The repeated attacks show a clear violation by Houthis to international and humanitarian standards, including a threat to stability and security of the region” Mishaal Al-Salmi, the Arab Parliament president, said in a statement, and assured the group’s support with Saudi Arabia in “maintaining stability and security in the region.”


Jordan's increase in coronavirus cases 'worrying', government says

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Jordan's increase in coronavirus cases 'worrying', government says

CAIRO: Jordan’s increase in coronavirus cases is “worrying,” however the situation remains under control, the Kingdom’s government said Thursday.
Minister of State for Media affairs Amjad Al-Adaileh called on Jordanians to avoid gatherings of more than 20 people.
He specifically addressed parents of high school students, who are waiting for exam results next Saturday, the state news agency PETRA reported.
Al-Adaileh said those who violate instructions on gatherings in a step to avoid the spread of the virus.
“Do not let your celebrations over school results turn into a setback on the epidemic level,” he said. 
Al-Adaileh said Jordanians are capable in two weeks, if they adhere to social distancing regulations, of restoring control over the spread of the disease and return local infection rates back to low levels. 
Jordan has overall seen a drop in COVID-19 cases, with new infections recorded mainly among travelers arriving from abroad.
However, the Kingdom registered 25 cases of COVID-19 in the past two days, mostly at the Jaber crossing with Syria. This prompted Jordan to close its border with Syria for a week starting Thursday. 
Al-Adaileh said no decision has been made yet on reimposing a curfew. He added that no Jordan official wishes to return to the lockdown, which had an serious impact on the country economically, socially and emotionally.