Saudi Arabia rejects recent escalation in Yemen, calls for dialogue

Saudi Arabia rejected recent attempts to destabilize Yemen. (File photo: AFP)

Saudi Arabia rejected on Thursday the recent escalation in Yemen and repeated its call for dialogue.

In a statement published by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the Kingdom called for the conflicting parties in Yemen to take part in the ongoing dialogue in Jeddah immediately.

The Saudi city of Jeddah is currently hosting indirect talks between Yemen’s government officials and the Southern Transitional Council (STC) to end fighting in Aden and other southern provinces.

A joint committee formed by Saudi Arabia and the UAE on August 26 has been working to stabilize the ceasefire in the Yemeni provinces of Shabwa and Abyan.

Thursday’s statement also stressed that “any attempt to destabilize Yemen is a threat to [the Kingdom’s] security and stability and the region,” adding that the Kingdom would not hesitate to deal with escalation firmly.

“The Kingdom also declares its readiness to extend a helping hand to those affected … based on its historical role towards the brotherly Yemeni people,” the SPA statement added.

The UN Security Council last week condemned “in the strongest terms” the escalation of Houthi attacks on civilian infrastructure in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and called on the militia “to cease such attacks immediately and without preconditions.”
 

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