UAE top official condemns Houthi attack on Saudi Arabia, stresses solidarity

He said, “we will continue to overcome challenges together to ensure the safety and security of both our countries.”



Dr Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.- AP
Dr Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.- AP
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Published: Sat 26 Mar 2022, 12:03 PM

Last updated: Sat 26 Mar 2022, 10:40 PM

A top UAE official condemned the Houthi militia’s “terrorist attacks” on Saudi Arabia, calling it an approach to “hinder any ceasefire talks and dialogue”.

Taking to Twitter on Saturday morning, Dr Anwar Gargash, diplomatic adviser to President Sheikh Khalifa, said the Houthis refuse to end the war.

“The consistent targeting of civilians in Yemen and in nearby areas is a terrorist act that reveals the truth of the Houthis to the region and the international community.”

Reaffirming the UAE’s solidarity with neighbouring Saudi Arabia, Gargash said, “the UAE stands with Saudi Arabia through thick and thin. The phrase “our destiny is one” through our common challenges has become a reality greater than any slogan.”

He added, “we will continue to overcome challenges together to ensure the safety and security of both our countries.”

Yemen’s Houthi rebels drew the world’s condemnation after attacking Aramco's oil depot in Jeddah on Friday evening where the second-ever Saudi Arabian Grand Prix is taking place this weekend.

The assault was the latest in a series of Houthi operations that escalated in recent weeks, targeting civilian and oil facilities in Saudi Arabia.

In a statement, the UAE condemned the militia's systematic and deliberate attempts to target vital civilian and economic sites in Saudi with booby-trapped drones and ballistic missiles.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) affirmed that the continuation of these attacks by the terrorist Houthi militia poses a challenge to the international community and the efforts to end the Yemeni crisis.

Stressing that the attacks disregard all international laws and norms, the UAE urged the international community to support measures being taken by joint forces of the coalition to support legitimacy in Yemen to stop targeting civilian objects by the terrorist Houthi militia.

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“The international community needs to take an immediate and firm stance to stop these recurrent acts that threaten the safety of civilians, the security of global energy supplies, international trade and navigation, as well as global economic stability,” said the ministry.

It also reiterated the UAE's full solidarity with Saudi Arabia against these terrorist attacks.

“The security of the UAE and Saudi Arabia are indivisible and any threat facing the Kingdom is considered a threat to the security and stability of the UAE.”

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