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Saudi Arabia Reiterates Support for Washington’s Terror Designation of Houthis

Saudi Arabia Reiterates Support for Washington’s Terror Designation of Houthis

Wednesday, 13 January, 2021 - 06:00
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz chairs a cabinet meeting on Tuesday. (SPA)

The Saudi cabinet reiterated on Tuesday the Kingdom’s support for the United States’ move to designate the Iran-backed Houthi militias in Yemen as terrorist.


Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz chaired the cabinet meeting that was held virtually due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.


The ministers hoped the designation would help rein in the terrorist militias and their backers and curtail their danger against the Yemeni people, international peace and security and the global economy.


They also hoped that the designation would help support ongoing political efforts aimed at resolving the Yemeni crisis and reaching a solution based on the three references.


King Salman briefed the cabinet on the telephone call he received from Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah. The two leaders tackled the outcomes of last week’s 41st Gulf Cooperation Council summit that was held in AlUla, Saudi Arabia. The leaders at the meeting agreed to resolve the Gulf rift, with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt ending their diplomatic and economic ties with Qatar.


The ministers also thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, for their support to the health sector and their constant concern since the beginning of the pandemic with ensuring the health of citizens and residents.


They hailed their move to take the necessary health precautions to protect lives and procure vaccines, which will be available for free.


Moreover, they praised King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed for taking the vaccine, which is in line with their keenness on prevention and bolstering public health.


The cabinet reviewed the latest local and international developments related to the pandemic and the Kingdom’s efforts to open more vaccination stations throughout Saudi territories.


The ministers also lauded Crown Prince Mohammed’s launch of “The Line” zero-carbon city at NEOM and highlighted the Kingdom’s announcement that the travel ban in place over the pandemic would be lifted in March.


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