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Saudi FM: Iran is Destroying all Political Solutions

Saudi FM: Iran is Destroying all Political Solutions

Monday, 30 October, 2017 - 07:45
Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir attends a meeting of member states of the Saudi-led coalition in support of the legitimate Yemen government, in Riyadh. Faisal Al Nasser / Reuters

Houthi militias are violating all international laws and banning hospitals from operating and treating patients, as well as targeting humanitarian aid convoys in Yemen, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir has said.

“When we talk about Yemen and our alliance to support the legitimacy, we have to remember the war of the Houthi and Saleh militias on the stability of the country and taking it captive,” he said on Sunday.

Jubeir said the insurgents have “committed crimes against the Yemeni people, launched an offensive on the security of Yemen’s neighboring countries, including Saudi Arabia and the UAE, and have continuously threatened the stability of the region.”

Jubeir's statement came during a meeting in Riyadh of foreign ministers and military officials from the Saudi-led coalition involved in Yemen, including Egypt, Bahrain and the UAE.

He indicated that the actions of the Houthi rebels and Saleh forces had “imposed a military option.”

The Saudi FM stated that the militias have denied over four million children from their right to education and have recruited over 1,000 children.

"This behavior has kidnapped the will of the people and imposed military action after continues violations and assaults that have not yet stopped,” Jubeir stated, adding that the insurgency even targeted the Holy Mosque in Mekka, in a blatant provocation for all Muslims around the globe.

“These militias would not have continued operations without the support of the greatest sponsor of terrorism in the world, the Iranian regime,” Jubeir asserted.

He accused Iran of blocking peace efforts in Yemen and smuggling arms and weapons to Houthis and their ally former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

“Iran is destroying all attempts to find a solution in Yemen, which has led to the failure of all political negotiations between the government and these militias,” he asserted.

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