The Iranian backed Houthi militias in Yemen are holding hostage 19 ships, carrying over 200 thousand tons of petroleum byproducts in the anchoring zone outside of the port of Hodeida, which is under the militia’s control. Some of these ships have now been detained for over 26 days, and are prevented from going into the port, despite the port being free of any other ships.
The Fifth Military Region’s Command of the Yemeni National Army announced today the complete liberation of the coastal city of Midi from the grip of the Iranian-backed Houthi militia. In a statement carried by the Yemeni news agency, the army stated that it has hoisted the Yemeni national flag in the liberated city, paving the way for total victory in all occupied provinces in Yemen.
The Coalition Forces to Support the Legitimacy in Yemen Spokesperson, Colonel Turki Al-Maliki, stated that at 7:40am this morning, Abha Airport’s defense system detected an unidentified object moving in the direction of the airport. This object was then managed in accordance with the rules of engagement and destroyed. All air traffic was suspended in accordance with the international laws of aviation, which later resumed after neutralizing the threat.
In a speech full of vitriolic rhetoric given with disregard for peace, Saleh Ali Al-Sammad, a leader in the Houthi militia, has declared the Houthis’ intent of continuing attacks against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during a political council meeting in Yemen yesterday. His statements threatened the Kingdom, calling for continuous daily ballistic strikes against Saudi Arabia, claiming that the Kingdom’s defenses will be threatened, unable to defend itself from repeated attacks.
During His Royal Highness Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s stop in Houston, His Royal Highness met with Houston Mayor, The Honorable Mayor Sylvester Turner and Houston Habitat for Humanity Executive Director, Ms. Allison Hay, both of whom welcomed the Crown Prince and expressed appreciation for the efforts put forth by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s citizens in Houston during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. His Royal Highness the Crown Prince visited several homes affected by the Hurricane, taking-in the site of a home that had been rebuilt with the aid of Saudi volunteers.
His Royal Highness Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman along with His Royal Highness Prince Khalid bin Salman, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the United States of America, visited Katy, Texas near Houston, to meet with business and government leaders at an event hosted by Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC). Special guests included U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, and other officials.
The official visit of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the United States includes a stop in Texas, where he met with President George H.W. Bush, President George W. Bush, and former Secretary of State James A. Baker III in President George H.W. Bush’s residence in Houston. The discussion was friendly and a reminder of the strength and breadth of the long-standing Saudi-U.S. partnership.
During his stop in San Francisco, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with Former Secretary of Defense of the United States of America, Secretary Leon Panetta. It was a friendly exchange; a mark of the institutionalized and enduring Saudi-U.S. relationship. The meeting was also attended by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the United States of America, His Royal Highness Ambassador Prince Khalid bin Salman, in addition to members of the Crown Prince’s official delegation.
While in San Francisco, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visited Apple headquarters in Silicon Valley, where the Crown Prince met with Apple’s CEO, Mr. Tim Cook.
The Public Investment Fund (PIF), in line with achieving Vision 2030 diversification aims, announced that it has entered into an agreement with Six Flags to open the first Six Flags-branded theme park in Qiddiya, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This will be the Kingdom’s first entertainment, sports, and cultural destination, which is expected to open in 2022.