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Saudi Letter to UNSC Urges Deterring Houthi Threats

Saudi Letter to UNSC Urges Deterring Houthi Threats

Thursday, 2 April, 2020 - 10:30
The Permanent Representative of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations Abdallah Al-Mouallimi
New York - Ali Barada

Saudi Arabia filed a complaint at the United Nations Security Council against Houthis. The Kingdom asked the UNSC to "carry out its responsibility" in preventing Iran-backed Houthi militias from increasing regional and international tension.

Saudi Arabia also stressed that it reserves the right to take "all necessary measures" to protect its territory and citizens in the wake of the recent Houthi terrorist attack that targeted civilians and civilian facilities in the Kingdom.

Houthi militia had recently fired two ballistic missiles targeting Riyadh and Jazan.

In a letter sent to UN Chief António Guterres, the Permanent Representative of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations, Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, reported the Houthi ballistic missile attack which took place on March 28, 2020.

This terrorist attack constitutes a serious threat to current efforts exerted by the United Nations in order to reduce tensions in Yemen, particularly in light of difficult circumstances in which the world is united in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, Al-Mouallimi said.

Speaking more about the attack, he said it proves that Houthis are not serious about committing to a ceasefire to de-escalate tensions and find a comprehensive solution for Yemen.

Accordingly, Al-Mouallimi urged the UNSC to "fulfill its responsibility in preventing the Iranian-backed Houthi militia from increasing regional and international tensions."

In other news, UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, met with the Yemeni Women’s Technical Advisory Group (TAG) in a video conference over the internet.

During the meeting, Griffiths consulted with the TAG members on how to resume the political process as soon as possible to end the war. The TAG was also briefed on his engagement with the parties to work out the specifics of how to translate their stated commitments to end hostilities into a tangible reality.

The TAG members and Griffiths discussed as well a number of economic and humanitarian measures that would alleviate the suffering of Yemeni people, build confidence between the parties, and enhance Yemen’s capacity to respond to the threat of a COVID-19 outbreak, including the release of all conflict-related prisoners and detainees.

“The high risk of a COVID-19 outbreak in Yemen alongside continued military escalation poses potentially catastrophic consequences for the men, women and children of Yemen,” Griffiths said.

“We must move urgently towards an end of the war, not only because it is imperative for an adequate response to the pandemic, but because this is what Yemenis demanded clearly and publicly,” he added.

Griffiths thanked the TAG members and all Yemeni women’s groups and networks for their support to the peace process and their vital advocacy to end the war.

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