GCC supports policy measures by Saudi Arabia preserve its security
Kingdom reiterates support for Yemeni government and calls for swift implementation of remaining points of the Riyadh Agreement
The Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Nayef Al-Hajraf, said on Wednesday that the organization supports all measures taken by Saudi Arabia to preserve its security.
Bahrain’s foreign minister Abdullatif Al-Zayani, who was the former GCC secretary-general, echoed Hajraf’s statement and expressed the Gulf countries’ support for Saudi Arabia.
“The GCC stands united with Saudi Arabia in the face of the ongoing threats it faces,” Zayani said, during a meeting held with his counterparts of member states.
“We have witnessed widespread international solidarity with Saudi Arabia against the Houthi terrorist attacks,” he added.
The minister went on to condemn the Iran-backed Houthi militia’s attacks on civilians in Saudi Arabia.
He stressed that the AlUla Declaration and current regional issue require a united front.
Meanwhile, Hajraf addressed future negotiations with Iran, state that they must include discussions on the regime’s ballistic missiles and nuclear program.
Iran continues to support militias and destabilize the region, Hajraf said.
The Secretary General went on to condemn the Houthi militia’s use of civilians as human shields in the ongoing battles in Yemen’s Marib.
He also condemned the fire at a migrant detention center in Sanaa, which lead to the death of dozens of African migrants.
Saudi authorities said they condemn in the strongest terms the actions of protesters who stormed the presidential place in Yemen on Tuesday, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
A group of demonstrators broke into Al-Maashiq Palace in Aden amid anger about the economic situation in the country. They dispersed peacefully a short time later.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterated the Kingdom’s support for the Yemeni government, which has been operating from temporary capital Aden since December, led by Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed. It also stressed the importance of ensuring the government is given a proper chance to serve the Yemeni people during the difficult humanitarian and economic situation in the country.
The Kingdom also called on both parties to the Riyadh Agreement to act swiftly and meet in Riyadh to complete the implementation of the remaining points of the peace deal.
It said that implementation of the agreement would unite the Yemeni people, end the bloodshed and begin the process of healing the rift between factions in the nation. The agreement also supports the restoration of the Yemeni state and its security and stability, along with efforts to reach a comprehensive political solution to the crisis, the authorities added.