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Saudi Arabia’s crown prince condemns Houthi attack on UAE in call with Abu Dhabi counterpart

RIYADH: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman made a phone call to his Abu Dhabi counterpart, Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed, in which he condemned an attack on the United Arab Emirates by the Iran-backed Houthi militia in Yemen.

The militia attacked the capital Abu Dhabi using missiles and drones, triggering explosions in tank trucks that killed three people and injured six others and caused a fire near the airport.

And in another incident, eight explosive-laden drones were launched by the Houthis towards Saudi Arabia, all of which were intercepted.

The two leaders affirmed that these terrorist acts which targeted the Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates would reinforce “the determination and the determination of the two countries to continue to face these aggressive practices” carried out by the Houthi militia, which have wreaked havoc in the country. Yemen, killing Yemenis. people and continue its “miserable and unsuccessful attempts to sow chaos” with the aim of destabilizing the security and stability of the region.

The Crown Princes called on the international community to stand against these flagrant violations of international law and standards and to reject and condemn these terrorist crimes which threaten regional and international peace and security, according to a statement from the news agency. saudi.

The Saudi Crown Prince expressed his deepest condolences for the deceased and wished a speedy recovery to the injured.

Sheikh Mohammed thanked Prince Mohammed for the sincere sentiments, which confirm the strong ties and close ties between the two countries and peoples and their determination to confront terrorism.

During the call, they also discussed regional affairs and issues of common concern, the statement added.

Also on Monday, Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman said the Houthis’ aggression against the Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates posed a threat to the security of both countries and the entire region, and showed that they were not interested in political solutions to the Yemenis. conflict.

He added that the militia had chosen the path of escalation and would bear the responsibility for altering the future of Yemen and its attacks on neighboring countries.

Prince Khalid urged the international community to oppose such Houthi transgressions, including its threat to the security of international waterways, and their regional backer Iran, which he said considered the region and its security like trading cards.

He also said that Iran’s continued support of the militia with weapons and equipment through the ports of Hodeidah and Salif was in violation of UN resolutions and international laws and norms, and called for a international effort to remedy it.

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said on Twitter that Houthi militia attacks on the Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates today pose a threat to regional security and stability.

The attacks also confirm that this militia has become a major source of threats to regional and international security and stability, he said.

Prince Faisal added that the Kingdom and the Coalition continue to support international efforts to bring peace to Yemen and that the Kingdom’s initiative to find a political solution to the Yemeni crisis is still on the table.

“At the same time, we are fully prepared and ready to face the intransigence of the Houthis and defend the security of the Kingdom and our region.” he said.

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir said the “cowardly terrorist attacks” by the Houthi militia against the Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates “are an extension of their actions which threaten the security and stability of region and international shipping lanes”.

Al-Jubeir added that Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners have been making efforts to reach a political solution to the Yemeni crisis, including the Saudi initiative to support UN efforts, which have been confronted rejection and intransigence of the militia.

“We are continuing these efforts and defending our security and the security of the region and the maritime waterways, to achieve security and stability in the region and the world.” he said.