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King Salman vows to continue Yemen action

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(Sharm El Sheikh-AlummahWorld, 09 Jumada ath Thaniyah 1436, 29 March 2015) Custodian of Two Holy Mosques King Salman vowed on Saturday that the military intervention Saudi Arabia is leading against Houthis in Yemen will continue until it brings security to the Yemeni people.
The campaign will continue until it achieves its goals for the Yemeni people to enjoy security, the king said at the 26th Arab Summit in Sharm El-Sheikh.

The king’s pledge came as heads of Arab states said the Saudi Arabia-led operation in Yemen is fundamental to safeguard the region’s stability and the Arabic identity of Yemen.
Arab leaders also voiced their strong support to the Saudi-led operation against the Iran-backed group, saying their coup is a threat not only to the security of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, but also to the Arab world and to international peace.
Operation Decisive Storm, in which several Arab and international countries are taking part, including the US, comes after the Houthi rebels’ insistence on destroying the country and serving regional agendas, they said at the opening of the summit.

Addressing the Summit, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud said "A few days ago, this city witnessed the convening of the World Economic Conference, in which embodied the support of Arab and international community for Egypt. Today, we meet to deliberate on ways for overcoming the political and security crises many Arab countries suffer, and to address the various challenges that confront us."


The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques also said "The excruciating reality of terrorism, internal conflicts, and bloodshed experienced by a number of Arab countries are only the inevitable result of an alliance between terrorism and sectarianism, which is led by regional powers whose blatant interventions in the Arab region have resulted in undermining security and stability in some of our countries. In Yemen, the foreign intervention enabled the Houthi militias to overtake the legitimate authority, occupy Sanaa, and disrupt the implementation of the Gulf Initiative which has sought to preserve Yemen's unity, stability and security. The response of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries to the call of Yemen's President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi to hold the Riyadh Dialogue Conference in Riyadh under the umbrella of GCC General Secretariat meant to provide Yemen a safe passage to stability and to ensure a return to the normal status within the framework of the Gulf Initiative and its implementation mechanism that have enjoyed Arab and international support."

"As the Houthi militia, backed by regional powers that aim at extending their dominance on Yemen and using it a base for their influence in the region, continues its intransigence and rejection of the warnings of the Yemeni legitimacy, the Gulf Cooperation Council, the Security Council and all peace initiatives, and as it moves forward in its aggression against the Yemeni people and its legitimate authority, and threatens the security of the region; the brotherly and friendly countries participating in the Determination Storm have accepted the request of Yemen's President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi for a stand by Yemen and its people and legitimate authority, to deter the Huthi aggression which represents a major threat to the security and stability of the region and the international peace and security, and to counter terrorist organizations," the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques added.

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques also said "As we never wished to have resorted to taking this decision, we emphasize at the same time that Riyadh opens its doors to all Yemeni political parties committed to Yemen's security and stability, to meet under the umbrella of GCC and within the context of maintaining the legitimacy, rejection of any legitimacy breaching, ensuring the return of the State control over all Yemeni territory, returning to the State all weapons, and holding no threat the security of neighboring States. We hope that those who rebelled against the legitimacy, will listen to the voice of reason and stop depending on the power of foreign forces, and stop tampering with the security of the Yemeni people by promoting sectarian and seeding terrorism."

"The Determination Storm operation will continue until these objectives are achieved, so that the Yemeni people are able to enjoy security and stability. In this context, we express our appreciation and thanks to the countries participating in the Determination Storm operation as well as the countries all over the world supporting this operation which will, Allah Willing, contribute to supporting peace and security in the region and the world," the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques added.

"The Palestinian cause is at the forefront of our concerns". The stance of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is firm as is always based on fundamentals and foundations that aim at achieving a just and comprehensive peace in the region, and on the recovery of the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, including their legitimate right to establishing their independent state with Al-Quds as its capital, which is consistent with the resolution of international legitimacy and the Arab peace initiative in 2002 which was welcomed by the international community and ignored by Israel," the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques said.

"The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia believes that the time has come for the international community to shoulder its responsibilities, by the issuance of a Security Council resolution adopting the Arab Peace Initiative, exercising its power towards accepting it, and appointing a high international envoy to follow-up the implementation of the international resolution relevant to the initiative," the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques added.

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques also said "The scourge of extremism and terrorism is among the challenges facing the Arab nation, targeting the security and stability of our countries, and requiring us to be vigilant and be in solidarity when taking necessary actions to confront and eradicate its roots."
"The Syrian crisis stands still. As it continues, the suffering of the Syrian people continues as the regime shells villages and cities by planes, toxic gases and explosive barrels, and rejects all regional and international efforts to find a peaceful solution. Any effort to end the Syrian tragedy shall be based on the Geneva Declaration I, and we cannot imagine the participation of blood stained killers of the Syrian people in determining the future of Syria," the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques added.

"On the other hand, we are still following with serious concern the developments in Libya, with the hope that security and stability would be achieved in this dear country," the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques said.
"Regarding nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has a clear and firm stance, the call for a Middle East free of nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction," the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques added.

"Our economic and development concerns top our priorities. This summit is expected to review what has been achieved in this field, and to remove barriers before the implementation of the Arab Free Trade Zone and the Arab Customs Union. To give more care to the economic issues and to annually follow-up on the decisions taken in this regard, we suggest the integration of both developmental and ordinary summits," the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques concluded.