UN relief coordinator thanks Saudi Arabia for supporting humanitarian efforts in Yemen

Time: October 17, 2019  

Workers prepare to unload a fuel shipment from an oil tanker at the port of Hodeidah, Yemen

RIYADH: The Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock thanked Saudi Arabia for supporting UN efforts to address the humanitarian situation in Yemen on Thursday.

UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths also spoke at the UN Security Council meeting and  thanked Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for his efforts in supporting the Yemen peace talks

Griffiths added that the UN team’s efforts in Hodeidah has also helped reduce violence.

Meanwhile, Kuwait’s permanent representative at the UN ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi said that his country was ready to host a new round of negotiations between Yemeni sides.

Kuwait previously hosted talks on Yemen in 2016 but they broke down after the Houthis rejected a UN proposal aimed at ending the war in the country.

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UN official thanks Saudi Arabia for $500m aid for Yemen

28/09/19

UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock. (AP)
  • Saudi Arabia has also supports all meaningful and constructive dialogue that supports peace efforts and adopts peaceful solutions in Yemen

NEW YORK: The under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Mark Lowcock, thanked Saudi Arabia for $500 million in funding to the UN for the 2019 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Friday.
Lowcock said the grant will be distributed by OCHA to the World Food Programme, the World Health Organization, the UN Children’s Fund, the International Organization for Migration, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the UN Development Programme, and the Food and Agriculture Organization.
Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), presented Lowcock with a cheque for $500 million from Saudi Arabia.
The ceremony took place at the opening of a conference titled “Humanitarian Situation Yemen, The Way Forward,” which featured statements from a number of UN officials and diplomats, including foreign ministers from Saudi Arabia and Yemen.

HIGHLIGHT

The grant will be distributed by OCHA to the World Food Programme, the World Health Organization, the UN Children’s Fund, the International Organization for Migration, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the UN Development Programme, and the Food and Agriculture Organization.

Following the signing, Lowcock expressed his appreciation for the Kingdom’s generous support: “With today’s provision of funds from Saudi Arabia, the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan will have received more than $2.3 billion, or 56 percent of its requirements for the year. This is substantial progress, and we thank all our donors for their support.”
Al-Rabeeah said that KSRelief commends the efforts of the UN organizations, which share our commitment to alleviating the suffering of the people of Yemen in accordance with international humanitarian laws and principles of neutrality. “I assure you that Saudi Arabia is keen to support all peace initiatives submitted by the UN envoys to Yemen.”
“The Kingdom has also supports all meaningful and constructive dialogue that supports peace efforts and adopts peaceful solutions in Yemen, such as the Yemen National Dialogue, the Stockholm Agreement and UN Resolution 2216 to ensure the return of peace, security and stability to Yemen, the region and the entire world,” Al-Rabeeah said.

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Saudi Arabia donates $500m in aid for Yemen

Time: September 27, 2019  

Saudi Arabia believes the Yemeni people do not deserve to live under the humanitarian crisis. (File/AFP)
  • Saudi Arabia is committed to humanitarian principles
  • The Kingdom believes the international community should take a serious stance in Yemen

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia announced the completion of their aid pledge to Yemen through a $500 million donation, Saudi state news agency SPA reported on Wednesday.

The statement was made by the Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al-Assaf during a conference on the humanitarian response in Yemen, organized at the sidelines of the 74th General Assembly session in New York.

The donation shows the Kingdom’s commitment to humanitarian principles, Al-Assaf added.

Saudi Arabia believes the Yemeni nation does not deserve the suffering it has endured at the hands of Houthis, he added.

The international community should take a serious stance against the militia because of the dire humanitarian crisis they have caused in Yemen, the minister said.

The Houthis failed to implement the numerous security council resolutions, continue to recruit children into their ranks and impede the delivery of humanitarian aid, Al-Assaf added.

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Rights group say Houthis continue to commit atrocities in Yemen

24/09/19

Al-Gharati said that the silence of the international community regarding Houthi violations and the refusal to abide by international resolutions encouraged it to continue committing crimes
GENEVA: The Yemeni Coalition for Monitoring Human Rights Violations held a symposium at the UN, where it argued that human rights violations in Yemen would deepen if Houthi terrorists continue to commit atrocities.
The symposium was held within the framework of the 42nd session of the Human Rights Council focusing on violations in Yemen.
Murad Al-Gharati, head of Tamkeen Development Foundation, said that human rights violations in Yemen would not stop as long as the Iran-backed Houthi terrorist militia controls the Yemeni capital Sanaa, and other Yemeni governorates, while having access to Yemeni state weapons.
“The Houthi militia did not recognize or investigate any of the violations committed against civilians, which confirms its deliberate targeting of civilians. It also did not hand over maps of mines, which renders them more difficult to clear out, and harms efforts to prevent the fall of new victims, or treat individuals who were already victims to mines,” he said.
Al-Gharati said that the silence of the international community regarding Houthi violations and the refusal to abide by international resolutions encouraged it to continue committing crimes, besieging cities and intercepting relief materials to use them in its war against innocent Yemenis, which meant “killing them twice, by stealing relief dedicated to the hungry and needy, and by using the revenues generated from selling it for buying bullets.”
He added that the continued violations of Houthis against women will lead to divisions in society.

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Saudi Arabia to pay $500m for Yemen aid next week, says UN aid chief

17/09/19

  • The project aims to help cut the number of deaths and injuries caused to Yemenis by hidden explosive devices

UNITED NATIONS/RIYADH: UN aid chief Mark Lowcock said Saudi Arabia will pay $500 million to the world body next week to help fund its humanitarian response in Yemen.

Lowcock said Saudi Arabia planned to pay on Sept. 25 and that the UAE had also recently made a payment of $200 million.

1,980 mines cleared in Yemen

MASAM, the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center’s (KSRelief) project for clearing mines in Yemen, cleared 1,980 mines during the second week of September.

Experts extracted two antipersonnel mines, 332 anti-tank, 1,629 unexploded ordnance and 17 explosive devices.

Since the beginning of the project, 89,761 landmines planted by the Iranian-backed Houthis have been cleared.

The project aims to help cut the number of deaths and injuries caused to Yemenis by hidden explosive devices.

The mines were randomly planted to target civilians, causing permanent injuries and chronic disabilities to children and the elderly among other victims.

The project aims to ensure current and future security for the Yemeni people and is one of several projects and initiatives provided by the Kingdom as part of its efforts to bring stability and development to the war-torn Middle Eastern country.

The KSRelief is carrying out several humanitarian projects in Yemen, which includes provision of food, health care, vocational training and education.

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Houthis to blame for thousands missing in Yemen says rights group

15/09/19

Armed Yemeni men loyal to the Shiite Huthi movement shout slogans during a tribal gathering against al-Qaeda militants in the Bani al-Harith area, north of Sanaa, on August 17, 2014. Yemen faces multiple domestic problems, including ongoing insecurity and insurgencies posed by Shiite Houthi fighters, southern separatists and the al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED HUWAIS (Photo by MOHAMMED HUWAIS / AFP)

The arrests of 3,544 people were carried out across Yemen between September, 2014 and December 2018
The disappeared include 64 children, 15 women and 72 elderly people
DUBAI: The Houthis are responsible for the disappearance of more than 3,500 people in four years, according to a report by the Yemeni Coalition for Monitoring Human Rights Violations.

The arrests of 3,544 people were carried out across Yemen between September, 2014 and December 2018, Saudi state news agency SPA reported.

Those who have disappeared include 64 children, 15 women and 72 elderly people.

Now the Arab coalition has called on the international community to pressure the Houthi militia to reveal the whereabouts of the disappeared.

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Saudi Cabinet appreciates UN condemnation of Houthi attacks

Time: September 01, 2019  

King Salman. (SPA)
  • Flood aid to Khartoum displays Saudi-Sudan friendship

RIYADH: Recent royal decrees reflect the Kingdom’s keenness to develop various sectors in line with the Vision 2030 reform plan, the Saudi Cabinet said on Tuesday at a meeting chaired by King Salman at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah. The creation of the Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources, and of the National Center for Artificial Intelligence, are among the most important of the decrees. The Cabinet decided to include Nabil bin Mohammed Al-Amoudi on Saudi Aramco’s board of directors.
Trade and Investment Minister Dr. Majid Al-Qassabi told the Saudi Press Agency that the Cabinet appreciates the UN Security Council’s condemnation of the repeated targeting of civilians in Saudi Arabia by Houthi militias in Yemen.
The urgent relief campaign ordered by King Salman for Sudan stems from Saudi concern for the Sudanese people, and is part of the Kingdom’s pivotal role in providing assistance to people in need wherever they are, the Cabinet said.

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• The creation of the Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources, and of the National Center for Artificial Intelligence, are among the most important of the decrees.

• The Cabinet decided to include Nabil bin Mohammed Al-Amoudi on Saudi Aramco’s board of directors.

• Saudi and Afghan governments to jointly combat drug trafficking, Cabinet told.

• Cabinet welcomes Umrah pilgrims to the Kingdom.

It added that the Saudi government provided $2 million in financial support to the Islamic Food Security Organization to contribute to the implementation of its programs, and to fulfil its commitments to member states.
The Cabinet welcomed Umrah pilgrims to the Kingdom, who are expected to number 10 million this year.
It authorized a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Saudi and Afghan governments to combat drug trafficking.
The Cabinet also authorized an MoU between the Saudi National Anti-Corruption Commission and the UN Development Program in the field of corruption prevention.

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Saudi Arabia’s Khalid bin Salman discusses Yemen with Pompeo

Time: August 29, 2019  

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Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman, left, walks with David Schenker, right, Assistant Secretary of Near Eastern Affairs, as he leaves the State Department in Washington on Wednesday. (AP)
  • Pompeo praises Saudi efforts to mediate between the Yemen government and the separatist Southern Transitional Council
  • The two men also discussed the need for stronger maritime security and Iran’s destabilizing activities in the region

WASHINGTON: Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman discussed developments in Yemen with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday.

During the meeting in Washington, Pompeo reiterated US support for a negotiated resolution between the government of Yemen and the separatist Southern Transitional Council. Forces from the two parties have been part of a coalition fighting the Iran-backed Houthi militants, who sparked the conflict in 2014. But in recent weeks the separatists have clashed with governement troops, particularly in the interim capital Aden.

Secretary Pompeo

@SecPompeo

Had a productive meeting with @kbsalsaud today to discuss , maritime security, countering the Iranian regime’s dangerous activities, and human rights. Very important for the unity, stability, and prosperity of Yemen that the Yemeni government and STC resolve their dispute.

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Pompeo thanked Prince Khalid for Saudi Arabia’s efforts to mediate the dispute. The Kingdom invited the parties involved to hold talks in Saudi Arabia and insisted on a ceasefire in Aden after sveral days of fighting earlier this month killed dozens of people.

Pompeo and Prince Khalid agreed that “dialogue represents the only way to achieve a stable, unified, and prosperous Yemen,” the State Department said.

The two men also discussed the need for stronger maritime security in order to promote freedom of navigation and Iran’s destabilizing activities in the region.

Saudi Arabia and the US have both reacted strongly to a spate of attacks on shipping in and near the Arabian Gulf that has been blamed on Iran.

The attacks came after the US ramped up its military presence in the region in response to threats from Tehran. Tensions have been high since Donald Trump withdrew the US from an international agreement designed to curb Iran’s nuclear program.

Saudi Arabia, and other Arab nations, say the deal has allowed Iran to continue developing its ballistic missiles and helped it fund an aggressive foreign policy of destabilizing the Middle East with proxy militias.

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UAE says Khamenei meeting proves Houthis are Iran’s proxy

Time: August 15, 2019  

Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei with Mohammed Abdul-Salam of the Houthi militants in Tehran on Tuesday. (AP)
  • State TV showed Ayatollah Ali Khamenei praising the militants Tuesday, as he met a Houthi negotiator
  • ‘The Houthis are a proxy and that is the correct terminology,’ said UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash

LONDON: A meeting between a Houthi official and Iran’s Supreme Leader proves “in black and white” that the Yemeni militants are an Iranian proxy, a senior Emirati said Wednesday.

State TV showed Ayatollah Ali Khamenei praising the militants Tuesday, as he met the Houthi negotiator, Mohammed Abdul-Salam. Iran has long been accused of supporting the group, which sparked the war in 2014 when they seized the capital Sanaa.

 

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@AnwarGargash

Houthi relations with Iran, for long in search for proper designation, is clearer following their leadership’s meeting with Ayatollah Khamenei. Stated in black & white in their statement of fealty the Houthis are a proxy and that is the correct terminology.

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Houthi relations with Iran are “clearer following their leadership’s meeting with Ayatollah Khamenei,” the UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said on Twitter. The relationship was “stated in black and white in their statement of fealty,” he added. “The Houthis are a proxy and that is the correct terminology.”

Iran’s support for the Houthis and supply of weapons is regarded as one of the key reasons the war in Yemen has lasted so long. An Arab coalition, which includes Saudi Arabia, is supporting troops loyal to the internationally recognized government against the Houthis.

The meeting in Tehran is the first time Khamenei has held talks with a senior Houthi representative, Reuters reported.

“I declare my support for the resistance of Yemen’s believing men and women … Yemen’s people… will establish a strong government,” Khamenei said.

Yemen’s government and the Arab coalition accuse the Houthis of collapsing previous UN-sponsored talks to find a political settlement to the conflict.

Saudi Arabia and its allies say Iran’s support of proxy militias in the region, including Hezbollah in Lebanon and groups in Iraq, is the main cause of instability in the region.

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Saudi project clears 1,000 Houthi mines in a single week

Time: August 14, 2019  

The vast number of mines continues to pose a threat to Yemeni civilians. (SPA)
  • Expert teams have cleared more than 80,000 mines since the project began in July 2018

RIYADH: Saudi-led mine clearance teams have de-activated nearly 1,000 Houthi explosive devices in Yemen in a single week.

MASAM, the Saudi project for landmine clearance, disabled 15 anti-personnel mines, 458 anti-vehicle mines, two explosive devices and 490 unexploded bombs — a total of 965 devices — during the second week of August.

Expert teams have cleared more than 80,000 mines since the project began in July 2018.

However, Iran-backed Houthi militias in Yemen are thought to have planted more than a million mines in the past three years. The Houthis are also developing anti-vehicle mines and converting them into anti-personnel devices.

“The vast number of land mines continues to pose a threat to the lives of Yemeni people,” a MASAMspokesman said. “The Houthi militias lay internationally banned devices randomly near residential areas, on roads and farmland in liberated regions, threatening civilians who are outside the battlefield.”

In July, the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) extended the contract for the MASAM initiative for a further year, with an investment of $31 million to ensure that Saudi and international experts can continue to clear mines, especially in the governorates of Marib, Aden, Sanaa and Taiz.

The initiative is aimed at delivering security for the Yemeni people, and is one of several launched by the Kingdom.

KSRelief chief Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah said the Kingdom had conducted more than 1,000 humanitarian aid programs worth $3.5 billion in 44 countries since 2014.

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