Saudi Arabia slams move to form political council in Yemen
Saudi Arabia’s cabinet considered it as a violation of resolutions of the Arab League, Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and the United Nations
Saudi Arabia’s Council of Ministers on Monday reiterated that the agreement reached between Houthis and followers of ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh to form a political council in Yemen is an obstacle to reach a political agreement to end the suffering of the Yemeni people.
The Cabinet considered it as a flagrant violation of the resolutions of the Arab League, Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and the United Nations Security Council (Resolution 2216), as well as the Gulf Cooperation Council’s initiative and its executive mechanism and the outcome of the comprehensive national dialogue.
Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Naif, deputy premier and minister of interior, chaired the session at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah.
Adel Al-Turaifi, minister of culture and information, said the Cabinet rejected unfounded allegations of some NGOs and human rights organizations that the Command of the coalition forces supporting legitimacy in Yemen is blocking delivery of humanitarian assistance to the Yemeni territories.
It also emphasized that Saudi Arabia’s as the biggest donor of humanitarian aid to Yemen with spending so far more than $500 million worth of supplies.
This article first appeared in the Saudi Gazette on Aug. 2, 2016.