Houthi move to form gov­ern­ment de­nounced Crown prince: Ro­bust GCC se­cu­rity will ‘de­ter ag­gres­sion’


RIYADH: The Gulf Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil (GCC) mem­ber states have re­jected and con­demned the for­ma­tion by Ye­men’s Houthis and de­posed Pres­i­dent Ali Ab­dul­lah Saleh of a so-called Na­tional Sal­va­tion Gov­ern­ment.

In a state­ment, GCC Sec­re­taryGen­eral Ab­dul­latif Al-Zayani said that the GCC mem­ber states cat­e­gor­i­cally re­jected the Houthis’ re­cently an­nounced gov­ern­ment on the ba­sis that Pres­i­dent Abed Rabbo Man­sour Hadi’s gov­ern­ment is the le­git­i­mate one, con­sti­tu­tion­ally and legally.

He re­it­er­ated that Hadi’s gov­ern­ment is rec­og­nized by the Arab League, the Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Is­lamic Co­op­er­a­tion (OIC) and the United Na­tions.

The new step by the Houthis and Saleh shows that they are not se­ri­ous about po­lit­i­cal negotiations, and seek to im­pede fer­vent at­tempts to stop the war in Ye­men or to re­vive po­lit­i­cal talks based on the UN road map, the Gulf Ini­tia­tive, Out­put of Na­tional Di­a­logue and UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil Res­o­lu­tion 2216, Al-Zayani added.

The UN spe­cial en­voy to Ye­men said the for­ma­tion of a new gov­ern­ment by the Houthis and their al­lies does not help the coun­try or the peace process.

“The an­nounce­ment by An­sar Al­lah and the Gen­eral Peo­ple’s Congress on the for­ma­tion of a new gov­ern­ment in Sana’a rep­re­sents a new and con­cern­ing ob­sta- cle to the peace process and does not serve the in­ter­ests of the peo­ple of Ye­men in th­ese dif­fi­cult times,” Is­mail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said in a state­ment.

Mean­while, the GCC in­te­rior min­is­ters un­der­lined the need to fur­ther strengthen their ro­bust se­cu­rity ap­pa­ra­tus, call­ing for joint ef­forts to counter se­ri­ous chal­lenges of ter­ror­ism and ex­trem­ism. The GCC in­te­rior min­is­ters, who on Tues­day met in Riyadh, lent their sup­port to all col­lec­tive ef­forts that will en­sure peace, se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity in the re­gion.

The meet­ing, chaired by Crown Prince Mo­hammed bin Naif, dis­cussed se­cu­rity co­op­er­a­tion, in­clud­ing ter­ror­ism and coun­terin­sur­gency.

The crown prince reaf­firmed “the im­por­tance of con­certed ef­forts within the frame­work of a com­pre­hen­sive se­cu­rity vi­sion and pro­fes­sional strat­egy to main­tain the Gulf se­cu­rity and de­ter any ag­gres­sor.”

He com­mended the ef­forts of the Gulf se­cu­rity forces, while re­fer­ring to the joint ex­er­cise re­cently con­ducted by the Gulf states in Bahrain. The crown prince said: “We re­cently wit­nessed in Bahrain the ‘Ara­bian Gulf Se­cu­rity One’ tac­ti­cal drill, which is a model and prac­ti­cal ex­am­ple of GCC joint se­cu­rity, as well as unity and sol­i­dar­ity.”

“The Gulf states are fac­ing sev­eral se­cu­rity chal­lenges in­clud­ing sec­tar­ian con­flicts and ter­ror­ism sup­ported by coun­tries and or­ga­ni­za­tions with ill in­ten­tions,” added the crown prince. He, how­ever, ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion at the level of GCC se­cu­rity co­op­er­a­tion, say­ing that “the Gulf coun­tries are able to fend off th­ese risks and main­tain the se­cu­rity of our re­gion and peo­ple.”

Al-Zayani reaf­firmed the need for closer se­cu­rity co­op­er­a­tion.

In a separate meet­ing in Riyadh on Tues­day, the crown prince re­ceived Sheikh Mo­hammed Khaled Al- Ha­mad Al- Sabah, Kuwaiti deputy prime min­is­ter and in­te­rior min­is­ter. Dur­ing the meet­ing, they re­viewed ex­ist­ing co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries, “par­tic­u­larly in the field of joint co­op­er­a­tion to com­bat ter­ror­ism and ex­trem­ism.”

Top of­fi­cials who at­tended the GCC meet­ing in­cluded Sheikh Ab­dul­lah bin Nasser bin Khal­ifa Al-Thani, Qatari prime min­is­ter and min­is­ter of in­te­rior; Sheikh Mo­hammed Khalid Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah, Kuwait’s deputy prime min­is­ter and min­is­ter of in­te­rior; Lt. Gen. Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, deputy prime min­is­ter and min­is­ter of in­te­rior of the UAE; Lt. Gen. Sheikh Rashid bin Ab­dul­lah Al-Khal­ifa, Bahraini min­is­ter of in­te­rior and Hamoud bin Faisal Al-Bu­saidi, Omani in­te­rior min­is­ter.

Crown Prince Mo­hammed bin Naif is flanked by GCC in­te­rior min­is­ters and the bloc’s sec­re­tary-gen­eral, Ab­dul­latif Al-Zayani, af­ter their meet­ing in Riyadh on Tues­day. (SPA)

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