Top Stories Al-Ula summit statement confirms its support for the unity and stability of Yemen and rejects any interference in its internal affairs

Al-Ula summit statement confirms its support for the unity and stability of Yemen and rejects any interference in its internal affairs





The final statement of the Al-Ula summit on the 41st session of the Supreme Council of the Cooperation Council for the Arab Gulf States (Sultan Qaboos and Sheikh Sabah summit) affirmed the positions and resolute decisions of the Cooperation Council regarding supporting legitimacy in Yemen represented by President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi and his government, to end the Yemeni crisis and reach a solution Political, according to the terms of reference represented by the Gulf Initiative and its implementation mechanism, the outcomes of the comprehensive National Dialogue Conference, and Security Council Resolution 2216.

The statement stressed the importance of a political solution according to the terms of reference in a way that preserves Yemen’s unity and integrity and respect for its sovereignty and independence, expressing its rejection of any interference in its internal affairs.

He renewed his support for the United Nations and thanked its envoy, Mr. Martin Griffiths, for his efforts to reach a political solution according to those references.

The Supreme Council praised the sincere efforts of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which resulted in the signing of a mechanism to accelerate the implementation of the Riyadh Agreement between the legitimate Yemeni government and the Southern Transitional Council on July 29, 2020.

The statement welcomed the implementation by the Yemeni parties represented by the legitimate government and the Southern Transitional Council of the Riyadh Agreement and the formation of a government of political competencies that includes the entire components of the Yemeni spectrum, as well as the appointment of a governor for Aden Governorate and a director for its security, appreciating the Yemeni parties ’keenness to advance Yemen’s interest and achieve the aspirations of its people to restore security and stability.

The statement considered the implementation of the Riyadh Agreement an important step towards reaching a political solution based on the three references to end the Yemeni crisis.

The statement welcomed the arrival of the Yemeni government to the temporary capital, Aden, to carry out its work and launch the wheel of development in the liberated areas, in order to achieve the aspirations of the Yemeni people and restore security and stability to Yemen.

The statement condemned the terrorist attack that targeted the government upon its arrival at Aden airport, which resulted in many innocent civilian casualties. The Council called for creating an atmosphere for the Yemeni government to exercise the legitimate authority of all its activities and to strengthen its ability to restore the authority of the Yemeni state and its institutions throughout the brotherly Yemen,

The statement affirmed its support for the Yemeni government’s initiative to resume the introduction of oil derivatives through the port of Hodeidah, the entry of all oil tankers that meet the conditions to the port, and the deposit of all their revenues in a new special account in the Central Bank, according to a specific mechanism in which the United Nations guarantees the preservation of these revenues and their use in the delivery of salaries. Staff across Yemen.

The statement condemned the Iranian-backed Houthi militia’s seizure of the revenues from oil derivatives import duties from the special account in the Central Bank in Hodeidah city, which is designated to pay the salaries of civil servants.

The statement praised the achievements made by the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Action through its field branches in the Yemeni governorates, the development projects implemented by the Saudi Program for the Development and Reconstruction of Yemen in the Yemeni governorates, and the humanitarian support provided by the Relief and Humanitarian Coordination Office provided by the Cooperation Council for the Republic of Yemen.

He also praised the efforts of the Saudi Demining Program (Masam) to clear Yemeni lands of mines, which, since its inception, has managed to clear more than (200) thousand mines, unexploded ammunition and explosive devices that Houthi militia randomly planted in the Yemeni governorates.

The Supreme Council commended the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for hosting, in June 2020, the donors conference for Yemen, in which donor countries pledged $ 1.35 billion to help humanitarian agencies operating in Yemen to continue providing basic and emergency services, including financing programs to contain Covid-19, and the Kingdom’s declaration. Saudi Arabia announced providing $ 500 million to support the response plan, and the Supreme Council called on donors to fulfill current pledges and consider making more contributions.

He welcomed the statement issued by the ministerial group that included the State of Kuwait, the United States of America, China, France, Russia, Germany, Sweden and the European Union, through which they announced their commitment to additional funding for the United Nations Humanitarian Response Plan amounting to more than 350 million dollars in order to prevent famine.

The statement condemned the Iranian-backed Houthi militia blocking the arrival of the United Nations technical team to conduct inspection and maintenance of the floating oil tank (SAFER) in the Red Sea off the coast of Hodeidah, which contains more than a million barrels of crude oil, which may cause an environmental, economic and humanitarian disaster. Dangerous effects exceed Yemen in the event that the international community, represented by the Security Council, does not exert more pressure on the Houthi militias supported by Iran to comply with the calls of the international community to allow the specialized technical team of the United Nations to access the floating oil tank (SAFER) as soon as possible to prevent an environmental disaster In the Red Sea.

The Supreme Council affirmed that the Iranian-backed Houthi militias continue to carry out hostilities and terrorist operations by launching ballistic missiles and explosive drones to target civilians and civilian objects in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, violating international and humanitarian law by using the civilian population in Yemeni civilian areas as human shields, and launching booby-trapped and remotely piloted boats. It represents a serious threat to regional and international security.

He stressed the legitimate right of the leadership of the Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen to take and implement the necessary measures and measures to deal with these hostile and terrorist acts, and the need to prevent the smuggling of weapons to these militias, which poses a threat to the freedom of maritime navigation and global trade in the Bab al-Mandab Strait and the Red Sea.

He praised the efficiency of the Saudi Royal Air Defense Forces in intercepting and responding to those missiles and aircraft, which amounted to more than (344) ballistic missiles and (482) drones.

The Supreme Council condemned the continued smuggling of Iranian weapons to the Houthi militia, and in this regard noted the efforts of the United States of America in seizing smuggled Iranian weapons on their way to the Houthi militias supported by Iran during February 2020, in addition to what was seized of Iranian smuggled weapons in November 2019, which corresponds to With the remnants of the missiles that were used in the brutal criminal attack on the oil installations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, according to the report of the United Nations Secretary-General on the results of the investigation of those terrorist attacks.

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