UN Security Council Condemns Houthi Attack on Southern Saudi Arabia

Houthis took advantage of the ceasefire to enhance their military capabilities, with Iran's support (Reuters)
Houthis took advantage of the ceasefire to enhance their military capabilities, with Iran's support (Reuters)
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UN Security Council Condemns Houthi Attack on Southern Saudi Arabia

Houthis took advantage of the ceasefire to enhance their military capabilities, with Iran's support (Reuters)
Houthis took advantage of the ceasefire to enhance their military capabilities, with Iran's support (Reuters)

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) condemned the recent Houthi attack on Saudi Arabia's southern border that left four Bahraini servicemen from the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen dead.

The Council warned in a statement Friday that the attack constituted a "serious threat to the peace process and regional stability."

It urged the Houthis to cease their "terrorist attacks" and expressed concern over the targeting of infrastructure in cities near the Saudi border.

The Council's members reiterated their apprehension about the impact of these actions on the broader area.

The statement urged all parties to honor their international and humanitarian law commitments.

The 15-member Council emphasized the importance of taking decisive steps towards a permanent ceasefire.

They expressed their support for efforts to achieve a political solution in Yemen that would alleviate suffering, endorsing the endeavors of the UN Envoy to Yemen to find a resolution to the ongoing conflict in the country.

Saudi Arabia and Oman are leading initiatives to persuade the Houthis to agree to a renewed truce in Yemen, expanding the ceasefire to include humanitarian issues and concluding with a roadmap to end the conflict.

Meanwhile, the US Treasury Department announced Thursday new sanctions against entities providing Iran with engines used to manufacture drones.

The sanctions included a Chinese company that supplied servomotors worth more than a hundred thousand dollars to the Houthis in Yemen.

Yemeni political and military observers believe the Houthis are not genuinely committed to reaching a peace agreement that would end the war, as they seem to be preparing for another round of conflict after receiving more weapons.

During a meeting in Riyadh, Yemen Armed Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Sagheer bin Aziz asserted to the US Ambassador to Yemen, Steven Fagin, that Iran continues to supply its Houthi militias with advanced weaponry.

During the discussions, bin Aziz highlighted the Houthi threats to the security of Yemen, the region, and international navigation.

According to Saba news agency, he further touched upon the implications these groups have on counter-terrorism efforts.

The official noted that Yemen's experiences with peace talks with the Houthi militia have been bitter at various stages, indicating that the militia adheres to a doctrine of violence and racial discrimination and consistently violates agreements.

The Armed Forces Chief accused the Houthis of persisting with hostile operations against cities, public facilities, military positions, and resistance forces despite the UN-sponsored ceasefire.



Riyadh to Host Gulf-Arab Talks on Sunday

Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Jassem Al-Budaiwi (GCC)
Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Jassem Al-Budaiwi (GCC)
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Riyadh to Host Gulf-Arab Talks on Sunday

Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Jassem Al-Budaiwi (GCC)
Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Jassem Al-Budaiwi (GCC)

Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Jassem Al-Budaiwi affirmed on Thursday that the council’s 159th ministerial session would be held on Sunday in Riyadh in addition to separate meetings with foreign ministers of Jordan, Egypt and Morocco.

The GCC secretary-general said in a statement that the ministerial meeting would be chaired by Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammad Al-Thani, the president of the GCC ministerial council’s current session, and the conferees would discuss reports concerning follow-up on implementing resolutions of the GCC Supreme Council, issued at the 44th summit, held in Qatar in December.

He added that they would also discuss memos and reports submitted by the ministerial and technical committees as well as the GCC Secretariat General with respect to dialogue and strategic relations with states and international coalitions, in addition to regional and international affairs.

He noted that Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry would hold the talks with the GCC on the sidelines of the session, while Jordan and Morocco would be engaged in identical and separate talks by the two countries’ foreign ministers, respectively Ayman Al-Safadi and Nasser Bourita.

The meetings between the GCC and the Jordanian and Moroccan sides would be part of the distinctive relationship and partnerships.


GCC Secretary-General: Targeting Gaza Civilians while Receiving Aid is Another Israeli Crime

Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Secretary General Jasem Mohamed Albudaiwi denounced Israel's brutal targeting of innocent Palestinian civilians in northern Gaza. (SPA)
Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Secretary General Jasem Mohamed Albudaiwi denounced Israel's brutal targeting of innocent Palestinian civilians in northern Gaza. (SPA)
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GCC Secretary-General: Targeting Gaza Civilians while Receiving Aid is Another Israeli Crime

Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Secretary General Jasem Mohamed Albudaiwi denounced Israel's brutal targeting of innocent Palestinian civilians in northern Gaza. (SPA)
Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Secretary General Jasem Mohamed Albudaiwi denounced Israel's brutal targeting of innocent Palestinian civilians in northern Gaza. (SPA)

Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Secretary General Jasem Mohamed Albudaiwi denounced and condemned the Israeli occupation forces’ brutal targeting of innocent Palestinian civilians in northern Gaza while they were waiting for humanitarian and relief assistance, SPA said on Friday.
Albudaiwi described the brutal act as another crime of the Israeli occupation forces against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip.
He called for swift international action to stop these crimes and dangerous violations against the brotherly Palestinians, an immediate ceasefire, and to allow the entry of all humanitarian aid into Gaza.


Saudi Arabia Strongly Condemns Targeting of Defenseless Civilians in Northern Gaza

A woman sits among Palestinians at Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City after they were injured in an early morning incident when Israeli forces opened fire on crowds rushing at an aid distribution point on February 29, 2024. (Photo by AFP)
A woman sits among Palestinians at Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City after they were injured in an early morning incident when Israeli forces opened fire on crowds rushing at an aid distribution point on February 29, 2024. (Photo by AFP)
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Saudi Arabia Strongly Condemns Targeting of Defenseless Civilians in Northern Gaza

A woman sits among Palestinians at Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City after they were injured in an early morning incident when Israeli forces opened fire on crowds rushing at an aid distribution point on February 29, 2024. (Photo by AFP)
A woman sits among Palestinians at Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City after they were injured in an early morning incident when Israeli forces opened fire on crowds rushing at an aid distribution point on February 29, 2024. (Photo by AFP)

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed Saudi Arabia's strong condemnation of the targeting of defenseless civilians in northern Gaza, which resulted in hundreds of casualties after Israeli troops opened fire on a large crowd of Palestinians racing to receive aid.

The Ministry affirmed the Kingdom's categorical rejection of violations of international humanitarian law by any party and under any pretext.

The Kingdom also renewed its call on the international community to take a firm stance by forcing Israel to respect international humanitarian law, immediately open safe humanitarian corridors, allow the evacuation of the injured, and enable the delivery of aid and medical equipment without restrictions to mitigate the humanitarian catastrophe and prevent its aggravation.

It emphasized the necessity of reaching an immediate ceasefire to prevent further civilian casualties.


Saudi Crown Prince, Macron Discuss Regional and Int'l Issues

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud. SPA
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud. SPA
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Saudi Crown Prince, Macron Discuss Regional and Int'l Issues

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud. SPA
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud. SPA

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud has received a phone call from French President Emmanuel Macron.

During the telephone conversation on Wednesday, both sides reviewed the bilateral relations and discussed ways to enhance cooperation in various fields, in addition to addressing several issues of mutual interest.

They also exchanged views on a number of regional and international issues and their repercussions, as well as the efforts made to achieve security and stability.


Emir of Qatar Discusses with Macron Future of Palestinian Cause

Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, left, shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron during a state dinner at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024. (AP)
Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, left, shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron during a state dinner at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024. (AP)
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Emir of Qatar Discusses with Macron Future of Palestinian Cause

Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, left, shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron during a state dinner at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024. (AP)
Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, left, shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron during a state dinner at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024. (AP)

Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani said on Tuesday he discussed with French President Emmanuel Macron the future of the Palestinian cause, saying it was the “cornerstone of Qatar's international and regional concerns.”

The leaders met in Paris during Sheikh Tamim’s two-day official state visit to France.

In a post on his official X account, Sheikh Tamim said he held “fruitful talks” with Macron on strengthening “our strategic partnership in accordance with a comprehensive bilateral cooperation that elevates our common aspirations.”

“We discussed the future of the Palestinian cause as it is the cornerstone of Qatar's international and regional concerns, and we are exerting every effort to stop the war in Gaza and deliver aid to our brothers,” he added, according to the Qatari state news agency (QNA).

“The world sees a genocide of the Palestinian people. Hunger, forced displacement, savage bombardments are used as weapons. And the international community still hasn't managed to adopt a unified position to end the war in Gaza and provide the strict minimum of protection for children, women and civilians,” he later added at a dinner banquet thrown by Macron in his honor.

Sheikh Tamim had arrived in Paris on Tuesday to meet senior officials and bolster cooperation between Qatar and France and tackle regional and international issues of interest.


Kuwait Cabinet Sets April 4 to Hold Parliamentary Election

A Kuwaiti casts his vote in previous elections for the National Assembly. (KUNA)
A Kuwaiti casts his vote in previous elections for the National Assembly. (KUNA)
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Kuwait Cabinet Sets April 4 to Hold Parliamentary Election

A Kuwaiti casts his vote in previous elections for the National Assembly. (KUNA)
A Kuwaiti casts his vote in previous elections for the National Assembly. (KUNA)

The Kuwaiti Cabinet on Tuesday approved a draft decree inviting voters to elect National Assembly (parliament) members on April 4, 2024, and referred it to Emir Sheikh Meshal al-Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, said the government spokesman.

The spokesman made the statement following a cabinet meeting.

Last Wednesday, the government issued a decree law suspending the election commission law until the beginning of October.

On Feb. 15, Kuwait’s Emir dissolved the parliament after it declined to remove remarks made by a lawmaker that were deemed disrespectful to the ruling authority.

The Emiri decree cited the Assembly’s breach of constitutional principles, particularly regarding the disrespect of esteemed positions and the deliberate use of disrespectful and offensive language by the parliament’s members.


Saudi Arabia Stresses its Support to All Efforts to Achieve Regional Security, Stability

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz chairs the cabinet meeting in Riyadh. (SPA)
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz chairs the cabinet meeting in Riyadh. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia Stresses its Support to All Efforts to Achieve Regional Security, Stability

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz chairs the cabinet meeting in Riyadh. (SPA)
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz chairs the cabinet meeting in Riyadh. (SPA)

The Saudi government stressed on Tuesday the Kingdom’s constant keenness on supporting and bolstering joint Arab work in all fields to consolidate security, stability and prosperity in the region.

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz chaired the cabinet meeting that was held in Riyadh.

The government reiterated its call for putting an end to the escalation of the humanitarian situation in Gaza and its surroundings and mounting military operations that are threatening international security and peace.

The ministers reviewed regional and international developments, reiterating the Kingdom’s remarks at the Conference on Disarmament (CD) high-level segment (HLS) at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva. At the event, Saudi Arabia expressed its support for regional and international efforts to ban weapons of mass destruction.

The cabinet was briefed on the message received by King Salman from President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon and the outcomes of the meeting held between Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Riyadh on Tuesday.

It also reviewed the outcomes of Crown Prince Mohammed’s meeting with Russian State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin.

The cabinet reviewed the meetings held between senior Saudi officials and their counterparts from around the world over the past week.

Media Minister Salman al-Dosari told the media that the government went over Saudi Arabia’s participation at the G20 foreign ministers meeting in Brazil and 41st session of the Arab Interior Ministers' Council in Tunisia.

The cabinet highlighted Saudi Aramco’s achievement in adding large quantities to the proven reserves of gas and condensates in the unconventional Jafurah Field.

It also expressed gratitude to the World Tourism Organization and the World Travel and Tourism Council for acknowledging the Kingdom's milestone achievement of being visited by over 100 million tourists in 2023, as well as for its striving to become a desired destination on the world tourism map.


Saudi Foreign Minister, Blinken Discuss Developments in Gaza

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah. SPA
Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah. SPA
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Saudi Foreign Minister, Blinken Discuss Developments in Gaza

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah. SPA
Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah. SPA

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah has received a phone call from the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken.

During the call on Tuesday, the two sides discussed developments in the region, particularly the developments in the Gaza Strip and its surroundings.

They also discussed the efforts to address its security and humanitarian repercussions.


10th Saudi Relief Plane Arrives in Poland to Deliver Aid to Ukrainian People

The plane is carrying 80 tons of relief aid and essential supplies, including electric generators and appliances. (SPA)
The plane is carrying 80 tons of relief aid and essential supplies, including electric generators and appliances. (SPA)
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10th Saudi Relief Plane Arrives in Poland to Deliver Aid to Ukrainian People

The plane is carrying 80 tons of relief aid and essential supplies, including electric generators and appliances. (SPA)
The plane is carrying 80 tons of relief aid and essential supplies, including electric generators and appliances. (SPA)

The 10th Saudi relief plane operated by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) arrived in Poland to deliver aid to Ukraine, reported the Saudi Press Agency on Tuesday.

The plane is carrying 80 tons of relief aid and essential supplies, including electric generators and appliances.

It landed at Poland’s Rzeszow Airport, located near the Ukrainian border, before crossing into Ukraine.

The delivery is part of Saudi Arabia's ongoing efforts to offer humanitarian assistance to the Ukrainian people, in keeping with the Kingdom’s efforts to assist people across the world in times of crises.


Saudi Crown Prince, Zelenskyy Discuss Ukraine-Russia Crisis

Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, receives Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)
Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, receives Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)
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Saudi Crown Prince, Zelenskyy Discuss Ukraine-Russia Crisis

Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, receives Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)
Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, receives Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)

Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, stressed on Tuesday the Kingdom’s keenness on supporting all international efforts aimed at resolving the Ukrainian-Russian crisis to restore peace.

Crown Prince Mohammed received Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Riyadh.

He added that Saudi Arabia will continue efforts to ease the impact of the humanitarian crisis caused by the conflict.

Crown Prince Mohammed and Zelenskyy discussed cooperation between their countries and the latest developments in the conflict.

Zelenskyy praised Saudi Arabia’s efforts towards resolving the crisis.

Ukraine continues to “rely on Saudi Arabia's ongoing active support” in pushing forward with what has been described as a “Peace Formula” to end the full-scale invasion, which marked its second anniversary over the weekend, Zelenskyy said in a message on X, formerly Twitter, before he arrived in Riyadh.

Zelenskyy has presented a 10-point peace formula that, among other things, seeks the expulsion of all Russian forces from Ukraine and accountability for war crimes — at a time when the two sides are fighting from largely static positions along a roughly 1,500-kilometer (930-mile) front line. Such ideas are rejected out of hand by Moscow.   

“The second topic is the return of POWs and deportees,” Zelenskyy wrote. “The Kingdom’s leadership has already contributed to the release of our people. I am confident that this meeting will also yield results.”    

He added that economic cooperation also would be discussed in Saudi Arabia.

The Kingdom has previously acted as a mediator in prisoner swaps between Ukraine and Russia.