Foreign Minister: HRH the Crown Prince s visit to US will Discuss many Files 2 Washington

Tuesday 1439/7/3 - 2018/03/20
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On Yemen, the Foreign Minister said, "The war in Yemen was imposed on us and we did not start it," pointing out that Houthis retreat from dozens of agreements before the coup against the legitimacy of the country. He said that the Houthis use the mined boats in Bab Al-Mandab.

Al-Jubeir explained that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has a mechanism to assess the incidents in Yemen, saying that mistakes occur in all wars, pointing at the same time to thousands of points not targeted by the Arab coalition forces to avoid civilian casualties.

He referred to the Houthis‘ threats to the security in the region by directing missiles towards the Kingdom‘s lands and Yemeni cities, and targeting ships and boats in the Red Sea.

Foreign Minister Al-Jubeir said Saudi Arabia had sought political solutions to the crisis and supported humanitarian efforts, and currently, fuel is flowing and nearly $ 1 billion in humanitarian aid to Yemen.

"We have maintained the operation of ports on the Red Sea, stabilized the air route, and we are still working to lift the suffering of the Yemeni people and achieve stability, but the Houthis are seeking instability and lack of a climate that allows humanitarian assistance" Al-Jubeir said. He added that Houthis‘ strength has ended and they now control only 15% of the territory of Yemen.

On Qatar‘s crisis, Al-Jubeir said, "What Qatar has done so far is that it signed a memorandum of understanding with the United States to combat terrorism", saying that this is not an adequate step. "Washington is dealing with the bright side of Qatar and we are dealing with the dark side," he said.

He added "the countries calling for the fight against terrorism asked Qatar to stop supporting terrorism, and stop supporting extremism and interference in other countries, we told them that in 2013 and they have not stopped so far. "


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