Shoura Council denounces UN allegations against Arab coalition in Yemen

Updated 06 June 2016

Shoura Council denounces UN allegations against Arab coalition in Yemen

RIYADH: The Shoura Council denounced Monday the contents of a report issued by the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, accusing the Arab coalition to have committed human rights breaches against children in Yemen.
In a statement, read to reporters by Dr. Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Amro, the Shoura Council said such accusations by the UN based on unconfirmed information come at a time the UN has failed to enforce several resolutions issued against the Houthi coup and forces loyal to deposed President Ali Saleh in Yemen.
The Shoura Council called on the United Nations to reconsider and change its position and urged it to try to get information from official sources, either from the legitimate government, led by President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, or the Arab coalition command.
The statement also regrets the paralyzed situation of the United Nations that reflects its complete failure to obtain information from reliable sources and find the facts with professionalism and objectivity, noting that the situation in Yemen today undoubtedly shows that the side attacking and killing children, besieging the cities, starving the people and shelling the hospitals is that of Houthi militias who usurped power in the capital, Sanaa.
Finally, the Shoura Council reiterated its confidence in the Arab coalition command, appreciating their sacrifice to restore the legitimacy and salvage the oppressed people in Yemen and expressed support for the legitimate government of President Hadi to restore sovereignty and control over all parts of Yemen.


Saudi minister receives head of Iranian Hajj organization

Updated 27 min 28 sec ago

Saudi minister receives head of Iranian Hajj organization

  • A treaty was signed related to the arrival of Iranian pilgrims

MAKKAH: The Saudi Minister of Hajj and Umrah Mohammed Salih Bentin received today in his office in Makkah Ali Reza Rashidian, head of the Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization in Iran in preparation of the upcoming season.
The meeting was attended by Abdulfattah bin Sulaiman Mashat, deputy minister for Hajj and Umrah in the Kingdom, and a number of Saudi officials.
Bentin and Rashidian signed a treaty related to the arrival of Iranian pilgrims.
Bentin confirmed in a press conference “the keenness of the government of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to provide all necessary facilities for pilgrims coming from around the world.”
In addition, he expressed his thanks to Iranian pilgrims and their cooperation during the last Hajj season, and their dedication to their religious rituals, serenity and peace.
Rashidian expressed his thanks for the reception and hospitality, and expressed his best wishes for the success of the upcoming Hajj season, as was the case in previous years.