Iran threatens Arab national security: Saudi, Yemeni ministers

Iran threatens Arab national security: Saudi, Yemeni ministers
Iran has been supporting the Yemeni Houthi militia that overthrew the internationally recognized government. (File/AFP)
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Updated 10 September 2020

Iran threatens Arab national security: Saudi, Yemeni ministers

Iran threatens Arab national security: Saudi, Yemeni ministers
  • Saudi FM has emphasized the Kingdom’s continuous support towards a political solution in conflict-torn Yemen
  • Yemeni Foreign Minister Mohammed Al-Hadrami said Iran “had caused Yemen and the region great damage”

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan said the Arab region is facing serious threats from the Iranian regime, through its “continuous violations of international laws, charters and norms,” national Yemeni media Saba New has reported.
Farhan, who was speaking at a virtual Arab League session on Wednesday, has emphasized the Kingdom’s continuous support towards a political solution in conflict-torn Yemen.
He said the Kingdom is pursuing efforts to achieve security and stability in Yemen, in line with other regional and international channels including the Gulf Initiative and several UN initiatives
He urged the international community to deter the Iran-backed Houthi group and their violent attacks targeting crucial areas in Saudi Arabia such as airports.
Yemeni Foreign Minister Mohammed Al-Hadrami echoed Farhan’s statements against Iran, saying it “had caused Yemen and the region great damage since it devoted the its peoples’ resources to fund militias outside its territories in flagrant interventions in the Arab countries’ internal affairs.”
He said the Houthis have been rejecting all international peace initiatives and efforts, particularly citing the Stockholm Agreement which was signed in 2018.
“We have come to realize today that Stockholm Agreement has proved useless, produced nothing due to Houthi militia's intransigence. It is turned into a new phase of escalation, further exacerbating the Yemeni peoples suffering,” Al-Hadrami added.
The minister thanked the Saudi-led Arab Coalition for its support to the Yemeni people in countering the Houthi group’s actions in the country.


Arab League hails outcome of Libya talks

Arab League hails outcome of Libya talks
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Arab League hails outcome of Libya talks

Arab League hails outcome of Libya talks
  • The Arab League expressed confidence that the “significant progress” made in the talks will contribute to solving the Libyan crisis

CAIRO: The Arab League has welcomed the consensus reached by the two delegations representing the Libyan House of Representatives and Libya’s High Council of State during a meeting hosted by Morocco in Bouznika.

The meeting was aimed at unifying Libyan institutions and top state posts in accordance with the framework regulated by the Libyan Political Agreement signed in Skhirat.

In a statement, the Arab League expressed confidence that the “significant progress” made in the talks will contribute to solving the Libyan crisis and pushing forward settlement paths sponsored by the UN, especially in terms of forming a new executive authority, unifying Libyan institutions, implementing ceasefire agreements and commencing preparations for presidential and legislative elections.

It added that the Arab League supports all national efforts by Libyans in order to reach a comprehensive political settlement in the country.

The statement also hailed the agreement reached by the two delegations representing the Libyan House of Representatives and Libya’s High Council of State during meetings hosted by Egypt in Hurghada. The meetings discussed constitutional arrangements to pave the way for elections to be held in the country by the end of the year.

The two delegations concluded the two rounds of dialogue on Saturday in the Moroccan city of Bouznika.

During the talks, which took place on Jan. 22 and 23, the two sides agreed on the formation and naming of “small action groups” to take charge of procedural steps regarding the filling of the country’s top positions.

According to the final communique, the action groups will design candidacy forms and invite candidates to submit applications in accordance with the agreed terms and criteria.

The groups will receive applications starting from midday on Jan. 26 until Feb. 2.

According to the statement, the state’s top posts include the Central Bank of Libya’s governor and deputy, the Administrative Control Authority head and deputy, the Court of Audit head and deputy, the Anti Corruption Authority’s head and deputy, and the High Commission for Elections head and members.