UAE, Saudi call for action against Iran

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UAE, Saudi call for action against Iran
The remains of an Iranian rocket which was fired by Yemen's Houthi rebels into Saudi Arabia.

Abu Dhabi - UAE calls on the global community to more forcefully address the threat posed by Iran,

By Wam

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Published: Sat 16 Dec 2017, 8:24 PM

The UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain have welcomed a report issued by the United Nations which highlights the interference and hostile practices of Iran in Yemen with the aim of prolonging the crisis and obstructing the efforts to reach peace, as well as providing Houthi militias with dangerous rockets that endanger the lives of the Yemeni people and threaten marine security and peace in the entire region.
The UN report confirms what the UAE and its allies have long known that Iran is continuing its expansionist and destabilising behaviour in the region and is fuelling the conflict in Yemen, the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said in a statement.
The evidence presented by the US leaves no doubt about Iran's flagrant disregard for its UN obligations, and its role in the proliferation and trafficking of weapons in the region, added the statement.
From missiles to drones to explosive boats, illegal Iranian arms shipments to the Houthis and other proxies are stoking the fires of sectarian violence endangering civilians, noted the statement.
"The UAE and its military coalition partners have witnessed the devastating impact of these illegal arms shipments on Yemen."
The UAE calls on the global community to more forcefully address the threat posed by Iran, and stand ready to work with its allies to take actions that will ensure compliance with relevant UN resolutions.
The Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported that Saudi Arabia has renewed its condemnation of the Iranian regime for supporting its affiliated 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.
Saudi Arabia has called on the international community to take immediate action to implement relevant UN Security Council resolutions and 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 Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, UN Special Envoy to Yemen, in finding 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.
In a statement carried by the Bahrain News Agency, Bahrain authorities commended the position of the United States, which rejects Iran's activities and its support of terrorist groups such as Hezbollah and others in clear violation of international resolutions and norms.
"The Kingdom of Bahrain stresses the need to hold Iran accountable for its violation, especially in support of terrorism and blatant interference in the internal affairs of countries of the region. The Kingdom of Bahrain reiterates its strong condemnation of Iran's constant interference in internal affairs, documented by clear evidence that Iran supports terrorism, trains terrorists, smuggles weapons and explosives, and establishes terrorist groups in the Kingdom of Bahrain funded and trained by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and the Lebanese Hezbollah.
"The Kingdom of Bahrain expresses its support for the efforts of the UN's Envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, who aims at finding a political solution according to these references," added the statement. 



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