Yemen’s prime minister accuses Qatar of supporting Houthis

Yemeni Prime Minister Moeen Abdulmalik delivers a speech during the opening day of the 40th session of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council on February 25, 2019 in Geneva. (File/AFP)
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Updated 21 July 2020

Yemen’s prime minister accuses Qatar of supporting Houthis

  • The PM said “Doha supported the Houthi militia with money, arms, media, and relations, and worked to destabilize Yemen”

DUBAI: Prime Minister Maeen Abdul Malik Saeed accused Qatar of working to spread chaos in Yemen by supporting the Houthi militia, the Middle East News agency reported on Tuesday.
The prime minister claimed that “Doha supported the Houthi militia with money, arms, media, and relations, and worked to destabilize Yemen.”
Saeed, who is currently visiting Egypt, said that Qatar’s support of the Houthis became clear when after the Gulf countries boycotted Doha.
Qatar’s policy is to weaken the internationally recognized government, prevent efforts to restore the state, Saeed said.

On June 5, 2017, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, closing borders and airspace, and imposing an economic blockade that still remains in place. Qatar’s alignment with Iran was of special concern to states wary of Tehran’s ambitions in the Gulf.

 


UAE, Israel discuss energy, infrastructure cooperation

Updated 24 September 2020

UAE, Israel discuss energy, infrastructure cooperation

  • They discussed possible investment opportunities in renewable energies

DUBAI/JERUSALEM: The energy ministers of the UAE and Israel discussed possible cooperation and investment opportunities, including natural gas exports to Europe, in a video call on Wednesday, Emirates state news agency WAM reported.
A statement said the two minster discussed possible investment opportunities in energy, infrastructure, oil, gas and renewable energy, as the UAE plans to the shift toward green energies.
During the call, UAE Minister of Energy and Infrastructure Suhail Al-Mazroui “reviewed the UAE Energy Strategy 2050, which is the first unified energy plan in the country that balances production and consumption aspects and global environmental obligations and ensures a comfortable economic environment for growth in all sectors.”
The two sides also focused on advanced technology companies in the field of energy and cybersecurity.
Israel and the UAE signed an agreement on Sept. 15 to establish diplomatic relations, an accord that Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said in the statement presented a “historic opportunity” for energy development in the region.
“I spoke (with the UAE energy minister) on cooperating in linking power grids and developing the natural gas market for exports via pipeline to Europe ... as well as other projects,” an Israeli statement quoted Steinitz as saying.
The statement, released by Steinitz’s office, said he proposed the UAE join an Egypt-based energy forum that seeks to promote natural gas exports from the east Mediterranean.
“They (the UAE) said they would examine the issue,” the Israeli statement said.
Egypt, Israel, Greece, Cyprus, Italy and Jordan signed a charter on Tuesday establishing the East Mediterranean Gas Forum (EMGF).
The group unites regional rivals of Turkey, which has been locked in a bitter dispute with European Union members Greece and Cyprus over gas drilling rights in the region.
(With Reuters)