Saudi crown prince, US national security adviser discussed Yemen peace plan

Saudi crown prince, US national security adviser discussed Yemen peace plan
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Updated 29 September 2021

Saudi crown prince, US national security adviser discussed Yemen peace plan

Saudi crown prince, US national security adviser discussed Yemen peace plan
  • The plan includes a comprehensive cease-fire, allowing ships into Hodeidah port and opening Sanaa airport
  • Kingdom and US stressed importance of Houthis’ participation in good faith in political talks with Yemeni government under UN auspices

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has discussed the Kingdom’s initiative to end the Yemen conflict with US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan.
During a meeting in Riyadh on Monday, the crown prince said the peace plan includes a comprehensive cease-fire under UN supervision, Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.
The initiative supports a UN proposal to allow ships carrying oil derivatives into Hodeidah port and opening Sanaa international airport to flights to and from selected locations, in addition to the current humanitarian flights.
It includes starting negotiations between the Yemeni parties to reach a political solution to the seven-year conflict, Prince Mohammed added.
Sullivan said the US had an “iron-clad” commitment to support the Kingdom in defending its territory against all threats, including Iranian-backed missile and drone attacks.
He said President Joe Biden endorsed the Saudi goal of advancing a durable political solution and end the Yemeni conflict.
The two countries urged intensive diplomatic engagements in pursuit of that goal and emphasized the importance of the Houthis’ participating in good faith in political talks with the Yemeni government under the auspices of the UN.
They also discussed means to strengthen their strategic relations in all fields and other regional issues.
The meeting was attended by Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif, Saudi interior minister, Prince Khalid bin Salman, deputy defense minister, and US envoy to Yemen Tim Lenderking.

Sullivan also met Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed on Tuesday, as part of his regional tour, where they discussed the UAE-US strategic ties and ways of developing and strengthening them across various sectors.


South Korean president lands in Saudi Arabia, welcomed by crown prince

South Korean president lands in Saudi Arabia, welcomed by crown prince
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South Korean president lands in Saudi Arabia, welcomed by crown prince

South Korean president lands in Saudi Arabia, welcomed by crown prince

RIYADH: South Korean President Moon Jae-in arrived in Riyadh on Tuesday, where he was met by Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman. 

During an official reception ceremony, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his wife were greeted by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. 

All were masked and President Moon did not shake hands with the prince, in line with coronavirus social distancing practices.

The national anthems of both countries were played as well as performance by an honor guard marching band. 

It was the second stop on a Mideast tour by President Moon’s stop in Saudi Arabia came after his visit to the United Arab Emirates.


Saudi Public Prosecution warns of harsh penalties for spreading rumors

Saudi Public Prosecution warns of harsh penalties for spreading rumors
Updated 18 January 2022

Saudi Public Prosecution warns of harsh penalties for spreading rumors

Saudi Public Prosecution warns of harsh penalties for spreading rumors
  • Anybody caught making false statements about matters ‘related to public order’ face up to five years in jail and a SR3 million fine
  • This includes anyone who spreads false information on social media, especially lies that originate from hostile sources in other countries

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Public Prosecution said on Monday that spreading rumors or lies about any matter “related to public order” is considered a serious crime in the Kingdom and anyone caught doing so faces arrest and tough penalties.
The authority added that in accordance with the Law on Combating Information Crimes and the Law of Criminal Procedures, this includes individuals who promote or participate in spreading false information in any form on social media, especially fabrications that originate from hostile sources in other countries.
The Public Prosecution said that while monitoring accounts on social-networking sites it had found some that were creating or spreading baseless rumors about a Riyadh Season music event that had been postponed. The false information was coordinated and supported by external, hostile parties who were responsible for most of the posts, the authority added.
It added that individuals in the Kingdom who had participated in spreading the rumors had been “summoned” and criminal charges are being brought against them.
“These actions result in heavy penalties of up to five years imprisonment and a fine of SR3 million ($800,000),” the Public Prosecution said. In addition, devices and tools used to commit such crimes will be confiscated, the final ruling is made public and action can be taken against anyone who incited, assisted or agreed to commit the crime, the authority added.
It urged all citizens and residents to obtain information only from official sources and not to engage with rumors on social media. Those who fail to heed the warning risk facing the maximum penalties prescribed by law, it added.


Saudi Arabia, UAE, UK and US to continue joint efforts to support Sudan

Saudi Arabia, UAE, UK and US to continue joint efforts to support Sudan
Updated 18 January 2022

Saudi Arabia, UAE, UK and US to continue joint efforts to support Sudan

Saudi Arabia, UAE, UK and US to continue joint efforts to support Sudan

RIYADH: The Sudanese quartet on Monday affirmed its commitment to continue joint efforts to achieve lasting stability in Sudan, a statement on Saudi Press Agency said.
Representatives of the quartet — Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Britain and the US — held a meeting at the Kingdom’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Riyadh to discuss developments in Sudan.
The quartet also affirmed that it would continue to implement the reform agenda, provide support to Sudan, and support the UN Integrated Transitional Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS).


Saudi and Iraq air forces discuss promoting joint action

Commander of the Royal Saudi Air Force Lt. Gen. Turki bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz meets his Iraqi counterpart Gen. Shihab Jahid Ali. (SPA)
Commander of the Royal Saudi Air Force Lt. Gen. Turki bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz meets his Iraqi counterpart Gen. Shihab Jahid Ali. (SPA)
Updated 18 January 2022

Saudi and Iraq air forces discuss promoting joint action

Commander of the Royal Saudi Air Force Lt. Gen. Turki bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz meets his Iraqi counterpart Gen. Shihab Jahid Ali. (SPA)

RIYADH: Lt. Gen. Turki bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, the commander of the Royal Saudi Air Force, met with his Iraqi counterpart Gen. Shihab Jahid Ali during his visit to Riyadh.
During the meeting, they discussed issues of interest to the two forces and ways to promote joint action, the Kingdom’s defense ministry said on Monday.
The two sides also exchanged mementos on the occasion.
The Iraqi air force commander is scheduled to visit a number of air force units and the Saqr Aljazeera Aviation Museum during his visit.


Saudi crown prince condemns Houthi attack on UAE in call with Abu Dhabi counterpart

Saudi crown prince condemns Houthi attack on UAE in call with Abu Dhabi counterpart
Updated 18 January 2022

Saudi crown prince condemns Houthi attack on UAE in call with Abu Dhabi counterpart

Saudi crown prince condemns Houthi attack on UAE in call with Abu Dhabi counterpart

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman made a phone call to his Abu Dhabi counterpart Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, during which he condemned an attack on the UAE by the Iran-backed Houthi militia in Yemen.
The militia attacked the capital Abu Dhabi using missiles and drones, setting off explosions in fuel trucks that killed three people and injured six others and causing a fire near the airport.
And in another incident, eight explosive-laden drones were launched by the Houthis toward Saudi Arabia, all of which were intercepted.
The two leaders affirmed that these terrorist acts that targeted the Kingdom and the UAE would increase both countries’ “resolve and their determination to continue to confront those aggressive practices” carried out by the Houthi militia, who have wreaked havoc in Yemen, killing the Yemeni people and continue its “miserable and unsuccessful attempts to spread chaos” with the aim of destabilizing the region’s security and stability.
The crown princes called on the international community to stand up to these flagrant violations of international law and norms and to reject and condemn these terrorist crimes that threaten regional and international peace and security, a statement on Saudi Press Agency said.
The Saudi crown prince expressed his deepest condolences for the deceased and wished the injured a speedy recovery.
Sheikh Mohammed thanked Prince Mohammed for the sincere sentiments, which confirmed the solid ties and close bond that unite the two countries and peoples and their determination to confront terrorism.
During the call, they also discussed regional affairs and issues of common interest, the statement added.
Also on Monday, Saudi deputy minister for defense Prince Khalid bin Salman said the Houthis’ aggression against the Kingdom and UAE represented a threat to the security of the two countries and the entire region, and showed they were not interested in political solutions to the Yemeni conflict.
He added the militia had chosen an path of escalation and would bear responsibility for tampering with the future of Yemen and for its attacks on neighboring countries.
Prince Khalid urged the international community to stand up to such Houthi transgressions, including its threatening of security of international waterways, and to their regional supporter, Iran, who he said considered the region and its security as negotiating cards.
He also said Iran’s continued support of the militia with weapons and equipment through the ports of Hodeidah and Salif represented a violation of UN resolutions and international laws and norms, and called for an international effort to address it.

Saudi foreign minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said on Twitter the Houthi militia’s attacks against the Kingdom and UAE today constitute a threat to the region’s security and stability.
The attacks also confirm that this militia has become a major source of threats to regional and international security and stability, he said.
Prince Faisal added that the Kingdom and the Coalition continue to support international efforts to bring peace to Yemen and that the Kingdom’s initiative to find a political solution to the Yemeni crisis is still on the table.
“At the same time, we are fully prepared and ready to deal with the Houthi intransigence, and to defend the security of the Kingdom and our region.” he said.
State minister for foreign affairs Adel Al-Jubeir said that the Houthi militia’s “cowardly terrorist attacks” against the Kingdom and UAE “are an extension of their actions that threaten the security and stability of the region and the international sea lanes.”
Al-Jubeir added  that Saudi Arabia and its Coalition partners have exerted efforts to reach a political solution to the Yemeni crisis, including the Saudi initiative to support the UN efforts, which were faced with the militia’s rejection and intransigence.
“We are continuing these efforts and defending our security and the security of the region and sea shipping lanes, to achieve security and stability in the region and the world.” he said.
The foreign ministry said it would “respond firmly and forcefully” to all terrorist practices carried out by the Iran-backed Houthi militia, which target innocent lives, civilian objects and vital installations on Saudi territory, and threaten regional and international peace and security.
The Kingdom stressed its rejection and condemnation of all aggressive terrorist attacks on its territory and the Emirates.
The Kingdom also said it had presented many political initiatives to reach a comprehensive political solution that would bring together all Yemeni parties, but the Houthi militia continued its intransigence to carry out cowardly attacks on Saudi Arabia and the UAE, target international shipping lanes and disrupt humanitarian aid, in flagrant violation of all international laws and norms.