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Saudi: Iran backed Houthis and Saleh elements making peace a distant dream in Yemen

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King Salman chairs the Saudi Cabinet meeting in Jeddah on Monday, 22 Aug. 2016.
King Salman chairs the Saudi Cabinet meeting in Jeddah on Monday, 22 Aug. 2016.

JEDDAH — Subversive acts of the Iran backedHouthi rebels and elements and militia of General People’s Congress of the ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh are making a peaceful resolution of the Yemen crisis more difficult, the Council of Ministers has reiterated.
The Cabinet meeting on Monday, presided over by King Salman, said the disruptive tactics by the Houthis and the GPC of Saleh are further pushing the country into an abyss through which it is becoming increasingly difficult to nurture any peace hopes.
Dr. Adel Bin Zeid Al-Turaifi, minister of Culture and Information, said the Cabinet in this regard referred to the statement of 18 Ambassadors Group on Yemen issued this week terming the unconstitutional and unilateral actions of the Houthis and the GPC as inimical to the quest for peace. The meeting of the ambassadors had also renewed a call to adhere to the references of the peaceful solution represented by the initiative of Gulf Cooperation Council for Arab states and its executive mechanisms, the decisions of the National Dialogue Conference and relevant United Nations resolutions.
In other decisions, the Cabinet expressed the Kingdom’s strong condemnation and denunciation of the terrorist bombing that targeted a wedding party in Turkey which resulted in killing of dozens of people including children.
The Cabinet offered condolences to the Turkish government, the Turkish people and families of the victims. The Kingdom stands by Turkey in confronting terrorism, it said.

Source: Saudi Gazette, 23 Aug. 2016

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