Saudi Arabia, UAE, UK, US condemn Houthi attacks, reaffirm support for Gulf security

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Saudi Arabia, the UAE, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Oman have condemned the Houthi attacks, which targeted civilian sites in the Kingdom and Emirati capital Abu Dhabi, and reaffirmed support for both Gulf countries’ national security, a joint statement issued by the Saudi foreign ministry revealed on Wednesday.

Senior representatives from the five countries met on Wednesday to discuss Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthis’ attacks on Saudi Arabia and the UAE recently. The UN envoy to Yemen participated in the meeting.

Both the UAE and Saudi Arabia have intercepted missile attacks launched by the Houthis targeting civilian sites in the Gulf countries within the two weeks.

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“The Quintet strongly condemned the Houthis’ repeated attacks against civilians within Yemen, including US local staff in Sanaa and their continued heinous terrorist attacks against Saudi Arabia and more recently the UAE. Such actions are obstructing peace efforts and exacerbating suffering,” the statement read.

It added: “The Quintet expressed full support for Saudi Arabia and the UAE and their legitimate national security concerns and called for an immediate end to attacks by the Houthis. The Quintet acknowledged the legitimate right of Saudi Arabia and the UAE to defend themselves against terrorist attacks as per international law and following international humanitarian law, including taking all feasible precautions to avoid civilian harm.”

The five countries also discussed the “illicit Iranian provision of missiles and advanced weaponry to the Houthis.”

Iran did not comment directly on the recent attacks by the Houthis, but it spoke on what it described as “recent Yemen-linked developments” by saying military attacks were not the solution.

Iran has long supplied the Houthis with financial and military support. However, it is not yet clear if Iran sanctioned the attack, or if it was completely a Houthi singular decision.

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