Saudi Arabia Welcomes UN Security Council's Terrorist Designation of Houthis

A fighter loyal to the Houthis visits the grave of slain Houthi political leader Saleh al-Sammad at al-Sabeen square in Yemen's Houthi-held capital Sanaa, Jan. 31, 2022. (Getty Images)
A fighter loyal to the Houthis visits the grave of slain Houthi political leader Saleh al-Sammad at al-Sabeen square in Yemen's Houthi-held capital Sanaa, Jan. 31, 2022. (Getty Images)
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Saudi Arabia Welcomes UN Security Council's Terrorist Designation of Houthis

A fighter loyal to the Houthis visits the grave of slain Houthi political leader Saleh al-Sammad at al-Sabeen square in Yemen's Houthi-held capital Sanaa, Jan. 31, 2022. (Getty Images)
A fighter loyal to the Houthis visits the grave of slain Houthi political leader Saleh al-Sammad at al-Sabeen square in Yemen's Houthi-held capital Sanaa, Jan. 31, 2022. (Getty Images)

Saudi Arabia welcomed on Tuesday the United Nations Security Council's terrorist designation of the Iran-backed Houthi militias in Yemen, as well as its expansion of an arms embargo to include all members of the militias.

The Saudi Foreign Ministry hoped that the move would put an end to the activity of the terrorist Houthis and their backers.

It hoped that it would end the supplies of sophisticated weapons, drones and rockets, as well as Iranian funds, to the militias.

These weapons are being used to attack civilians and economic facilities in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and threaten international marine navigation, continued the ministry.

It reiterated the Kingdom's commitment to reaching a comprehensive political solution to the crisis in Yemen, expressing its support to the efforts exerted to that end by the UN envoy.

Monday's resolution "strongly condemns the cross-border attacks by the Houthi terrorist group, including attacks on Saudi Arabia and the UAE striking civilians and civilian infrastructure, and demanding the immediate cessation of such attacks."



GCC, Central Asian Countries Seek Sustainable Partnership

Meeting in Tashkent, the gatherers stressed the need to promote trade and investment exchanges between their regions. (GCC)
Meeting in Tashkent, the gatherers stressed the need to promote trade and investment exchanges between their regions. (GCC)
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GCC, Central Asian Countries Seek Sustainable Partnership

Meeting in Tashkent, the gatherers stressed the need to promote trade and investment exchanges between their regions. (GCC)
Meeting in Tashkent, the gatherers stressed the need to promote trade and investment exchanges between their regions. (GCC)

The GCC-Central Asia Strategic Dialogue second ministerial meeting underscored on Monday the joint commitment to forming a sustainable and forward-looking partnership based on common values and mutual interests.

Meeting in Tashkent, the gatherers stressed the need to promote trade and investment exchanges between the two regions, noting the importance of cooperation to ensure sustainable supply chains, transport and transit connection, food, energy and water resources.

In a statement, they underlined the importance of implementing joint investment projects, developing clean energy, addressing environmental problems and sharing best practices in education and health.

They took note of proposals for investment promotion mechanisms from participating countries, including proposals by Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, and encouraged investment officials from both sides to study these proposals and explore effective mechanisms to promote investment between the two regions.

The parties, who are the Members States of the Islamic Organization for Food Security, emphasized the importance of supporting and boosting the activities of this Organization in food security issues.

They congratulated Saudi Arabia for hosting Expo2030 in Riyadh and expressed their readiness to spare no effort in supporting it in organizing the event successfully, and ensuring their effective participation, which will help promote economic and cultural exchanges between the countries of the GCC and Central Asia.

They exchanged views on regional and international issues and highlighted the importance of coordinating their positions through the mechanisms of the Strategic Dialogue.

They called on Israel to fulfill its obligations under international humanitarian law for the unimpeded provision of all humanitarian aid and basic needs to the population in Gaza.

They called on the international community to take a serious and firm stance for an immediate and sustainable ceasefire and providing protection for civilians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

They re-emphasized the international nature of Palestinian issue and the need to resolve it through political means, with the establishment of an independent and viable Palestinian state along the 1967 lines, including East Jerusalem, in line with international law and all the relevant United Nations resolutions.

They expressed their hope to intensify cooperation between the GCC and Central Asia in security and border control, as well as in the joint fight against terrorism, transnational organized crime, human trafficking, illicit trafficking of narcotic substances, cyber security threats, money laundering and terrorism financing, while acting in line with the commitments to universal human rights and the rule of law.

They agreed on the importance of preserving the multilateral system and intensifying efforts to achieve peace, security, stability and prosperity around the world, giving priority to securing international peace and security through mutual respect and cooperation between countries to achieve development and progress.

They stressed the principles of good neighborliness, respect for the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of states, non-interference in their internal affairs, refraining from the use of force or threats, and maintaining the international order based on adherence to the principles of international law and the UN Charter.

Uzbekistan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Bakhtiyor Saidov chaired the meeting.

The participants were Qatari Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chairman of the current session of the GCC Ministerial Council, and head of the GCC delegation Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani and the FMs of Uzbekistan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan. The foreign minister of Azerbaijan was invited as a guest of honor.

Also present were the minister of energy and industry of United Arab Emirates, the deputy minister of foreign affairs of Kazakhstan and the GCC secretary general.


GCC Ministerial Council Expresses Deep Concern over Recent Regional Escalation

Palestinian families inspect their destroyed houses in Al Maghazi refugee camp, central Gaza Strip, 15 April 2024, following Israeli air strikes. (EPA)
Palestinian families inspect their destroyed houses in Al Maghazi refugee camp, central Gaza Strip, 15 April 2024, following Israeli air strikes. (EPA)
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GCC Ministerial Council Expresses Deep Concern over Recent Regional Escalation

Palestinian families inspect their destroyed houses in Al Maghazi refugee camp, central Gaza Strip, 15 April 2024, following Israeli air strikes. (EPA)
Palestinian families inspect their destroyed houses in Al Maghazi refugee camp, central Gaza Strip, 15 April 2024, following Israeli air strikes. (EPA)

The Ministerial Council of the Gulf Cooperation Council expressed on Monday its deep concern over the recent dangerous military escalation in the region and its impact on regional security and stability.

The council held an extraordinary meeting to discuss the escalation. It met at the headquarters of the Qatari Embassy in Tashkent on the sidelines of the joint ministerial meeting between the GCC and Central Asian countries.

In a statement, the council stressed the importance of reducing the escalation immediately to maintain the security and stability of the region. It underlined the need for all parties to make joint efforts and turn to diplomacy as an effective way to resolve conflicts, while exercising the utmost levels of self-restraint, and sparing the region and its people the dangers of war.

The council called for the United Nations Security Council to fulfill its responsibility toward maintaining international peace and security, especially in this region that is extremely sensitive to global peace and security, and to prevent the crisis from worsening, which would have serious consequences if it expanded.

The council reiterated the firm position of the GCC regarding the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip, demanding an immediate ceasefire and end to Israeli military operations, ensuring the provision of access to all humanitarian and relief aid and basic needs. It stressed the need of operating electricity and water lines and allowing the entry of fuel, food and medicine for the residents of Gaza.

The GCC underscored the need for the international community to adopt effective policies and measures to reach an immediate ceasefire, as the continuation of this aggression has repercussions on the security and stability of the entire region and the continuation of tensions there.

It also demanded an end to the escalation and acts of violence against the Palestinians in both the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, including the city of Jerusalem and the Islamic holy sites, and to stop settlement activity, land confiscation and attempts to displace the Palestinians from their lands.

The council called for an international conference with the participation of all parties to discuss all issues related to the Palestinian issue and to reach a solution based on ending the Israeli occupation and establishing an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, according to relevant UN resolutions and the Arab Peace Initiative.

The meeting was chaired by Qatari Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and President of the current session of the Ministerial Council Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani.

It was attended by Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure of the United Arab Emirates Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei, Bahrain’s Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bahrain Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, Oman’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sayyid Badr bin Hamad Al Busaidi, Kuwaiti Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdullah Ali Abdullah Al Yahya, and GCC Secretary General Jasem Mohamed Albudaiwi.


Uzbek President Receives Saudi Foreign Minister

President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev receives Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah in Tashkent on Monday. (SPA)
President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev receives Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah in Tashkent on Monday. (SPA)
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Uzbek President Receives Saudi Foreign Minister

President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev receives Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah in Tashkent on Monday. (SPA)
President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev receives Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah in Tashkent on Monday. (SPA)

President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev received in Tashkent on Monday Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah.

Prince Faisal conveyed the greetings of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud and Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, to the president and their wishes of further progress and prosperity to the government and people of Uzbekistan.

The two officials discussed strengthening and expanding cooperation in all sectors, and current regional developments as well as efforts exerted to address them.


Kuwait Names Ahmad Abdullah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah as Prime Minister 

A general view of Kuwait City. (AFP)
A general view of Kuwait City. (AFP)
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Kuwait Names Ahmad Abdullah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah as Prime Minister 

A general view of Kuwait City. (AFP)
A general view of Kuwait City. (AFP)

Kuwait's Emir on Monday appointed Ahmad Abdullah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah as prime minister, state news agency KUNA reported.

Former Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed Sabah al-Salem Al-Sabah resigned in April only a few months after he was designated to form a government.

His resignation was a procedural move after a new parliament was elected that month, the fourth since December 2020.


Saudi, Uzbek Foreign Ministers Sign Visa Exemption Agreement for Diplomatic, Special Passports Holders

Photo by SPA
Photo by SPA
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Saudi, Uzbek Foreign Ministers Sign Visa Exemption Agreement for Diplomatic, Special Passports Holders

Photo by SPA
Photo by SPA

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah met Monday with Uzbek counterpart Bakhtiyar Saidov on the sidelines of the second GCC-Central Asia Strategic Dialogue ministerial meeting, held in Tashkent.

A key outcome of the meeting was the signing of a reciprocal visa exemption agreement for holders of diplomatic and special passports, SPA reported.
Discussions covered a wide array of topics and reviewed the current state of Saudi-Uzbek relations, and avenues for further collaboration on issues of mutual interest.


Regional Escalation May Motivate Kuwait to Overcome its Political Crisis

The Kuwaiti government held an extraordinary meeting on Saturday night in wake of the regional escalation between Iran and Israel. (KUNA)
The Kuwaiti government held an extraordinary meeting on Saturday night in wake of the regional escalation between Iran and Israel. (KUNA)
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Regional Escalation May Motivate Kuwait to Overcome its Political Crisis

The Kuwaiti government held an extraordinary meeting on Saturday night in wake of the regional escalation between Iran and Israel. (KUNA)
The Kuwaiti government held an extraordinary meeting on Saturday night in wake of the regional escalation between Iran and Israel. (KUNA)

The Kuwaiti government held an extraordinary meeting on Saturday night in wake of the regional escalation between Iran and Israel.

The meeting was a real test to Kuwait as it grapples with a political crisis after caretaker Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed Sabah al-Salem had reportedly declined to form a new cabinet.

The government had submitted its resignation after parliamentary elections earlier this month.

Sheikh Mohammed chaired Saturday’s extraordinary meeting that was aimed at addressing the regional escalation.

The government stressed its “keenness on addressing all circumstances and developments that may take place given the rapid events in the region.”

The ministers each presented a briefing on the preparations the concerned agencies have taken to confront the possible repercussions of the developments, such as providing essential services and goods for the citizens and residents.

The cabinet underscored the need to preserve security and stability in Kuwait.

The new National Assembly is set to convene for the first time on April 17.

Amid the regional tensions, observers said officials will likely resolve the dispute over the position of prime minister whereby Sheikh Mohammed may be tasked to form a new cabinet, or a new PM may be appointed.


Saudi FM Discusses Regional Developments with Iran, US Counterparts 

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah attends a meeting with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine February 26, 2023. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via Reuters)
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah attends a meeting with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine February 26, 2023. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via Reuters)
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Saudi FM Discusses Regional Developments with Iran, US Counterparts 

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah attends a meeting with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine February 26, 2023. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via Reuters)
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah attends a meeting with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine February 26, 2023. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via Reuters)

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah held telephone talks on Sunday with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the military escalation in the region, the danger of its repercussions and efforts exerted to contain them.

Prince Faisal also received a telephone call from his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian.

The officials discussed the developments in the region and the mounting escalation related to the conflict in Gaza and its surrounding areas.


Saudi Arabia, US Discuss Efforts to Contain Military Escalation in the Region

Saudi Minister of Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz and his American counterpart Lloyd Austin are seen during a previous meeting. (SPA)
Saudi Minister of Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz and his American counterpart Lloyd Austin are seen during a previous meeting. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia, US Discuss Efforts to Contain Military Escalation in the Region

Saudi Minister of Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz and his American counterpart Lloyd Austin are seen during a previous meeting. (SPA)
Saudi Minister of Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz and his American counterpart Lloyd Austin are seen during a previous meeting. (SPA)

Saudi Minister of Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz held telephone talks on Sunday with his American counterpart Lloyd Austin on the recent military escalation in the region.

They tackled the danger of the repercussions of these developments and efforts to contain them to safeguard international peace and security.

The officials also reviewed the strategic partnership between Saudi Arabia and the United States in the military and defense fields and ways to strengthen them.


Saudi Crown Prince, Iraqi PM Discuss Military Escalation in the Region 

Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
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Saudi Crown Prince, Iraqi PM Discuss Military Escalation in the Region 

Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia. (SPA)

Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, held telephone talks on Sunday with Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani on the latest military escalation in the region and its repercussions on security and stability.

They underscored the importance of exerting efforts to prevent the situation from deteriorating further and to protect the region from more escalation.

The Saudi Foreign Ministry had expressed the Kingdom’s grave concern over the recent military escalation in the region and warned against its serious repercussions.

The Kingdom urged all parties to exercise maximum restraint and to avoid war.

The ministry reiterated the Kingdom’s stance, urging the United Nations Security Council to fulfill its responsibility in maintaining international peace and security and to act to prevent the crisis from escalating.

Iran launched a swarm of explosive drones and fired missiles at Israel late on Saturday in its first-ever direct attack on Israeli territory.

Iran had vowed retaliation for what it called an Israeli strike on its Damascus consulate on April 1 that killed seven Iranian Revolutionary Guards officers including two senior commanders and said its strike was a punishment for "Israeli crimes". Israel has neither confirmed nor denied responsibility for the consulate attack.


UAE Urges Restraint after Latest Regional Escalation

UAE Urges Restraint after Latest Regional Escalation
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UAE Urges Restraint after Latest Regional Escalation

UAE Urges Restraint after Latest Regional Escalation

The United Arab Emirates expressed on Sunday its “deep concern” over the developments that have taken place in the region, calling for an “end to the escalation” and for parties “to refrain from steps that could deepen the tensions.”

In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs called for exercising the “utmost restraint to avoid the dangerous repercussions and prevent the region from heading towards new levels of instability.”

It said disputes must be resolved through dialogue and diplomacy and respect for the law and United Nations Charter.

It urged the UN and its Security Council to “assume their responsibilities towards consolidating international peace and security by resolving the chronic issues and conflicts in the region that have started to threaten global security and stability.”