Saudi Arabia welcomes UN report on Iran

Iranian arming of Al Houthis, including supply of advanced missiles, condemned by UN and US

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U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley speak in front recovered segments of an Iranian rocket during a press briefing at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, in Washington.

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia has welcomed a report by the United Nations which highlights Iran’s hostile interference and its support for the Al Houthi militias, including supplying advanced missiles capable of threatening the security and stability of Saudi Arabia and the region.

Saudi Arabia also welcomed the stance of the United States announced by the US Ambassador to the UN at the Security Council session held on Thursday, as well its condemnation of Iran’s hostile activities that support and arm terror groups, including Hezbollah and the Al Houthi militias.

The Saudi Press Agency reported that Saudi Arabia has renewed its condemnation of the Iranian regime for supporting its affiliated Al Houthi militias in their aggressive and terrorist practices, their coup against legitimacy, their destruction of state institutions, their brutal suppression of the Yemeni people, their plunder of Yemen’s resources, including humanitarian aid, their seizure of oil imports to support and finance their terrorist campaign, their threat to the security of sea routes, their attack on Saudi Arabia’s territories and their launch of ballistic missiles against populated cities with the support of Iran.

Iran’s support for the Al Houthi militias constitutes a flagrant violation of UN Security Council Resolutions No. 2216 and No. 2231, and has disrupted the political process and prolonged the crisis in Yemen, the report added.

Saudi Arabia also condemned the Iranian regime for its flagrant violation of other international resolutions, including UN Security Council Resolutions No. 1559 and No. 1701, which prohibit the arming of non-state militias in Lebanon, under Chapter VII, as well as UN Security Council Resolutions No. 2231 and No. 2216.

Saudi Arabia has called on the international community to take immediate action to implement these relevant UN Security Council resolutions and to hold the Iranian regime accountable for its aggressive actions while reiterating the need to tighten the UN Verification and Inspection Mechanism, UNVIM, to prevent smuggling.

Saudi Arabia also affirms its commitment to support the efforts of Esmail Ould Shaikh Ahmad, UN Special Envoy to Yemen, who aims to find a political solution according to the three references, as well as to support all relief and humanitarian operations to ease the suffering of the Yemeni people.

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