‘Saudi Arabia will deal firmly with any attempt to destabilize Yemen’

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Saudi soldiers stand guard as workers unload aid from a Saudi air force cargo plane at an airfield in Yemen’s central province of Marib on February 8, 2018. AFP (FILE PHOTO)

Saudi Gazette report

RIYADH – Saudi Arabia reiterated on Thursday that any attempt to destabilize Yemen is a threat to the security and stability of the Kingdom and the region, and will not hesitate to deal with it firmly.

In a statement, carried by the Saudi Press Agency, the Kingdom affirmed its firm position that there is no alternative to the legitimate government in Yemen and that it does not accept any attempts to create a ‘new reality’ in Yemen by using force or threat of force.

“The Kingdom will not accept any military escalation or open-sided battles that benefit only the Iranian-backed Houthi terrorist militia and other outfits such as Daesh (so-called IS) and Al-Qaeda,” the statement said.

The statement also announced the Kingdom’s readiness to extend a helping hand to those affected by this strife and to contribute to the treatment of the injured to alleviate their pain and suffering, emanating from its historic role of supporting the Yemeni people.

Expressing its regret at the outbreak of sedition among the people in Yemen, the Kingdom stressed the need for full, immediate and unconditional commitment to disengage and ceasefire, and halt any violations or practices affecting the lives of the Yemeni people.

“The Kingdom follows up on the latest developments in Aden and the southern governorates and expresses its complete rejection of the recent escalation and the course of events, and the consequences of such events, and the failure to respond to the Kingdom’s previous call to stop the escalation and move towards dialogue.

“The Kingdom reiterates its earlier positions, which were expressed since the beginning of the crisis, that it is inevitable to restore the camps and the headquarters of the state military and civilian institutions to the legitimate government,” the statement said while calling all parties involved in the conflict and the legitimate government to engage in the Jeddah dialogue immediately and without any delay.

The statement also affirmed the Kingdom’s continued support for the Yemeni legitimate government under the leadership of President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi and its efforts to preserve the interests of the Yemeni state and its people, as well as the security, stability and territorial integrity of the country.

It also vowed full support to counter the coup of the Houthi terrorist militia and to fight against other terrorist organizations.


Source : Saudi Gazette

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