Saudi King, UK for­eign sec­re­tary talk on re­gional crises

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

RIYADH—Saudi Ara­bia’s King Sal­man and Bri­tish For­eign Sec­re­tary Philip Hammond dis­cussed in Jed­dah on Sun­day bi­lat­eral re­la­tions and re­viewed the de­vel­op­ments at the re­gional and in­ter­na­tional lev­els.

Hammond ar­rived in Saudi Ara­bia for the first leg of a three-day visit to Gulf coun­tries. Hammond said in a state­ment, “Bri­tain’s strong re­la­tions with the Gulf states en­able us to work to­gether on re­gional chal­lenges and shared threats that con­front us, whether from vi­o­lent ex­trem­ism, ter­ror­ism, or volatile eco­nomic con­di­tions.”

Hammond on Sun­day had also wel­comed “progress” in Ye­men peace talks, say­ing a so­lu­tion to the con­flict in the bat­tered Ara­bian Penin­sula coun­try must be po­lit­i­cal, not mil­i­tary. Hammond said world pow­ers will not “turn a blind eye” to at­tempts by Iran to desta­bi­lize the re­gion.

“There is no mil­i­tary al­ter­na­tive to a po­lit­i­cal set­tle­ment in Ye­men and there is now a need to win the peace par­tic­u­larly by help­ing Ye­men with sta­bi­liza­tion and hu­man­i­tar­ian aid,” Hammond added.—Agen­cies

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