The Ministerial Council of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf affirmed the firm positions and decisions of the Gulf Cooperation Council regarding support for legitimacy in Yemen, represented by President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, and the efforts of his government to end the Yemeni crisis in a manner that preserves the brotherly Yemen’s unity and safety, respect for its sovereignty and independence, and facilitates humanitarian access to all parts of Yemen. I once again support the United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, and the US Envoy to Yemen, Timothy Linderking, for their efforts to reach the desired political solution.
In the statement issued at the conclusion of its 148th session, which was held at the headquarters of the General Secretariat in Riyadh today under the chairmanship of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, Chairman of the current session of the Ministerial Council of the Cooperation Council, the Council welcomed the initiative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to end the Yemeni crisis and reach a comprehensive political solution. In accordance with the Gulf initiative and its executive mechanism, the outcomes of the comprehensive Yemeni National Dialogue Conference, and UN Security Council Resolution 2216.. In this regard, he called on the Houthi group to respond to this initiative, which comes as a continuation of the Kingdom’s keenness on Yemen’s security and stability and to lift the human suffering of its brotherly people.. praising in the same context the efforts The continuous efforts made by the Sultanate of Oman in this regard.
The Ministerial Council condemned the continued attack of the Iranian-backed Houthi militia on Ma’rib Governorate, targeting civilians, civilian objects and camps for the displaced with ballistic missiles and drones, which caused an increase in the suffering of about two million civilians in the camps for the displaced. It called on the international community to assume its responsibilities in confronting these attacks and alleviating the suffering of the people. The Yemeni brotherhood, and pushing the political path to resolve the crisis.
The Ministerial Council also condemned the continued smuggling of Iranian weapons to the Houthi militia, in violation of Security Council Resolution 2216, noting the announcement of the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet that it had confiscated an “illegal” shipment of weapons from a dhow in international waters in the northern Arabian Sea on May 6, 2021 AD, which included guided missiles. Anti-tank assault rifles, sniper rifles, and RPGs.
The Council commended the announcement by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, on March 30, 2021, to provide a grant of oil derivatives in the amount of (442) million dollars to operate power stations in the Yemeni governorates, which are implemented by the SDRPY as support for the Yemeni government to provide services to the brotherly Yemeni people and achieve security and stability throughout Yemen.
The Council held the Houthi militia fully responsible for any damage caused by the floating oil tank “Safer” in the Red Sea off the coast of Hodeidah, after it obstructed the arrival of the technical team of the United Nations to conduct inspection and maintenance .. warning of the largest environmental disaster in the Red Sea, which will have serious consequences. At all humanitarian, environmental and economic levels, in the event of an oil spill from the reservoir, which would seriously harm the Red Sea waters, which is a vital corridor for international maritime navigation. In this regard, he called on the United Nations to intensify its efforts to reach a solution to this problem as soon as possible.