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Saudi Arabia Slams Houthis for Hijacking Vessels in Red Sea

Saudi Arabia Slams Houthis for Hijacking Vessels in Red Sea

Tuesday, 19 November, 2019 - 12:45
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz presides over a cabinet meeting in Riyadh. (SPA)
Asharq Al-Awsat

The Saudi cabinet condemned on Tuesday the Iran-backed Houthi militias for hijacking vessels as they were sailing through the Red Sea on Sunday.

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz chaired the cabinet meeting that was held at the al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh.

The Houthi’s seizure of the ships is a real threat to international navigation and global trade routes, the ministers said.

South Korea confirmed on Tuesday that two of its nationals are on board vessels that were hijacked by the Houthi militias. Seoul said two of its vessels were captured, a tug boat and a sand dredger, each of which had one South Korean national was on board.

The Saudi cabinet reviewed a number of regional and international developments, slamming the Israeli strikes last week against the Gaza Strip that left dozens of civilians dead.

It deemed the attacks a violation of international and humanitarian laws and treaties.

It renewed the Kingdom’s call on the international community to assume its responsibilities in protecting the Palestinian people and confronting Israeli violations.

The cabinet welcomed the international consensus in renewing the mandate of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) for three years. The move reflect international commitment to support the rights of the Palestinian people and their right of return to their homeland.

It highlighted in this regard Saudi Arabia’s contributions to UNRWA programs, saying it has been the greatest donor with 900 million dollars between 2000 and 2019. This brings to 7 billion dollars the amount of aid presented from the Kingdom to the Palestinian people.

On Syria, the cabinet welcomed the agreement reached over the formation of the war-torn country’s constitutional committee. It hoped that this would be a step forward in reaching a political solution to the country’s crisis.

On Myanmar, Saudi Arabia condemned the persecution of Rohingya Muslims. It highlighted the resolution it submitted with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and European Union to the United Nations in which it demanded the civilian leadership in Myanmar to assume its political and humanitarian duties towards minorities.

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