Saudi Arabia rejects escalation, course of events in Aden — statement

RIYADH, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has expressed complete rejection of the recent escalation and the course of events in the Yemeni city of Aden and other southern Yemeni governorates and their consequences.

In a statement aired by the official news agency (SPA) on Thursday, the Kingdom regretted the failure to respond to its previous call to cease the escalation and move towards dialogue.

It reiterated the need to restore control of camps and headquarters of the military and civilian institutions of the legitimate government.

It encouraged conflicting parties to swiftly take part in Jeddah dialogue in the Kingdom (immediately) and without delay.

The Kingdom regretted the outbreak of fighting among Yemenis in Aden and southern governorates.

It stressed the need for full, immediate and unconditional commitment to disengage and ceasefire and stop any violations or practices affecting the lives of the brotherly Yemeni people.

The Kingdom said it won’t accept any military escalation or open side battles that benefit only the Iranian-backed Al-Houthi terrorist militia and the other organizations such as Daesh and Al Qaeda.

It vowed that it will not hesitate to deal firmly with any attempt to destabilize Yemen is a threat to its security and stability and the region.

It voiced its firm position that there is no alternative to the legitimate government in Yemen and that it does not accept any attempts to create a new reality in Yemen by using force or the threat of force.

The Kingdom declared its readiness to extend a helping hand to those affected by this disorder and contribute to the treatment of the injured to alleviate their suffering based on its historical role towards the brotherly Yemeni people.

It asserted its ongoing support for the Yemeni legitimacy under the leadership of President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi and his government and its efforts to preserve the interests of Yemeni state and the interests, security and stability, unity and territorial integrity of the people of Yemen, and to counter the coup of Al-Houthi terrorist militia and combat other terrorist organizations.

Source: Kuwait News Agency