Saudi Cab­i­net backs coali­tion’s call for di­a­logue be­tween Ye­meni par­ties

They are urged to stop fight­ing and to re­solve is­sues po­lit­i­cally

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Chaired by King Sal­man at Al-Ya­mamah Palace in Riyadh on Tues­day, the Cab­i­net also praised the coali­tion’s call on the Ye­me­nis to work jointly with the coali­tion to com­plete lib­er­a­tion of Ye­meni lands from the Ira­nian-backed Houthi mili­tia and to avoid par­ti­tion, dis­cord and the un­der­min­ing of state in­sti­tu­tions in the con­flict.

The Cab­i­net fur­ther wel­comed the coali­tion’s de­mand to all Ye­meni par­ties to stop fight­ing im­me­di­ately and to fo­cus on the key ob­jec­tives, no­tably restora­tion of le­git­i­macy, se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity, and to re­solve all is­sues through avail­able po­lit­i­cal mech­a­nisms.

At the lo­cal level, the Cab­i­net dealt with the King­dom’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the World Eco­nomic Fo­rum in Davos, Switzer­land, where the Saudi del­e­ga­tion high­lighted the eco­nomic re­forms un­der­taken by the King­dom to build an econ­omy de­pend­ing on in­no­va­tion in or­der to set an ex­am­ple at Arab and global lev­els.

On the King­dom’s speech dur­ing an open di­a­logue at the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil last Thurs­day on “the sit­u­a­tion in the Mid­dle East, in­clud­ing the Pales­tinian ques­tion,” the Cab­i­net stressed that Al-Quds is the per­ma­nent and his­toric cap­i­tal of Pales­tine in ac­cor­dance with in­ter­na­tional res­o­lu­tions. Any pro­ce­dures taken by the Is­raeli oc­cu­pa­tion au­thor­i­ties are void and will only in­crease ten­sion in the Mid­dle East and weaken hopes of reach­ing a com­pre­hen­sive and last­ing two-state so­lu­tion, the Cab­i­net said.

On ter­ror­ism, the Cab­i­net re­newed the King­dom’s strong con­dem­na­tion of bomb­ings in Kabul, Afghanistan, which re­sulted in tens of deaths and in­juries. The Cab­i­net voiced the King­dom’s con­do­lences to the vic­tims’ fam­i­lies and its sol­i­dar­ity with the Afghan gov­ern­ment in the face of all forms of ter­ror­ism.

Later, the Cab­i­net ap­proved a se­ries of de­ci­sions in­clud­ing the es­tab­lish­ment of diplo­matic re­la­tions be­tween the King­dom and Rwanda and a co­op­er­a­tion agree­ment in agri­cul­ture be­tween the King­dom and Rus­sia. The Cab­i­net also au­tho­rized the Min­is­ter of Hous­ing to dis­cuss and sign a draft memo of un­der­stand­ing on hous­ing and con­struc­tion be­tween the King­dom and Tu­nisia.

RIYADH: The Saudi Cab­i­net has wel­comed state­ments from the Arab Coali­tion Sup­port­ing Le­git­i­macy in Ye­men call­ing for re­straint and to open a di­a­logue over the de­vel­op­ments in the tem­po­rary cap­i­tal of Ye­men in Aden.

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