The Saudi Ambassador to Yemen, Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Jaber, said that neither Saudi Arabia and the Arab alliance countries have no ambitions in Yemen and its aim is that Yemen, the Yemenis and the region enjoy security and stability.
Ambassador Al-Jaber made the remarks in a meeting on Yemen at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy in Washington, DC.
He said that the war in Yemen was not an option but a necessity in response to the request of the legitimate Government of Yemen and to stop the Iranian intervention in the country and end Iran’s threaten the national security of the Gulf and the region and the international maritime corridors and to maintain the security and stability of the region.
Ambassador Al-Jaber said that the Kingdom supported the participation of all Yemeni parties in the political process in Yemen in accordance with the three known references, the dismantling of the armed militias and the return of Yemen as an independent Arab state.
He pointed out that Saudi Arabia and the Arab coalition have sought to find a political solution and stressed their willingness to provide support for reconstruction.
He stressed that the coalition has given the protection of civilians a high priority and have drawn up a list of thousands of areas of civilian nature that are strictly prohibited. The coalition is fully committed to international humanitarian law and investigates any accusation against the alliance.
The ambassador pointed out, in contrast, that the Houthi militia and forces of Saleh deliberately kill, destruct, recruit children, use homes, schools and medical centers in their military operations and use them as weapons warehouses.
He stressed that the Kingdom and the coalition, especially King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Works (KSRelief), provided assistance to Yemen in excess of $600 million, but the militias Houthi militias and Saleh forces in return steal the aid and sell it on the black market and prevent the needy from receiving the relief supplies. He accused the Houthi militias and Saleh forces in trading in the suffering of the Yemeni people.
He pointed out that the coalition succeeded in eliminating terrorism, which Iran tried to expand and provoked sectarian and regional strife through its arms in Yemen, Houthi and Saleh.