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Tuesday , September 17 2019

Kuwait hits targeting of Makkah

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 1, (Agencies): Kuwait on Monday said Houthis’ firing of a long-range missile against the holy city of Makkah, was a “provocation of feelings of Muslims.” This act “is a serious challenge to the will of the international community and all efforts aimed at reaching a peaceful solution that guaranteed security and stability for the Yemeni people,” Al-Jarallah told reporters on the sidelines of a reception held by the German Embassy marking the national day.

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) Executive Committee would hold a meeting to discuss Houthis’ attack on Makkah, which brought condemnation from Arab and Islamic countries.

Al-Jarallah said Kuwait would participate in the Executive Committee meeting, calling upon all countries around the world to condemn the attack. He said the UN Secretary General envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Sheikh Ahmad was mandated with contacting all Yemeni parties to create a common ground.

He said Kuwait was ready to host the signature of a peace agreement in Yemen. Kuwait hosted UN-sponsored Yemeni talks between April 21 and Aug 6, but no agreement was reached.

Al-Jarallah, on ties with Germany, cited first Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah’s recent successful visit to Berlin.

“We are looking for further promoting relations with Germany at all levels, and we must not forget that Germany is an economic strategic partner and there are huge Kuwaiti investments there,” he said. Al-Jarallah said Kuwait and Germany were coordinating efforts against terrorism.

If the warring parties in Yemen do not reach a peace agreement soon, the country could collapse with menacing consequences for the entire region, the UN humanitarian chief said Monday. Stephen O’Brien told the Security Council that 80 percent of Yemenis, some 21.2 million people, need some form of humanitarian assistance and over 2 million people, including 370,000 children, are suffering from malnutrition. “The man-made brutal humanitarian disaster is now the catastrophe which I said was ‘looming’ in my first briefing to this council 18 months ago,” O’Brien said.

“It is high time that the parties put the Yemeni people first and reach a peaceful agreement in order to salvage what is left of the infrastructure, economy and social services of the country.” Complicating matters, the country now has 61 confirmed cases of cholera and 1,700 more suspected cases, O’Brien said. O’Brien addressed the council by telephone from Bahrain to report on the dire situation in Yemen which has been in the midst of a civil war since September 2014 when Shiite Houthi rebels swept into the capital of Sanaa and overthrew the country’s internationally recognized government.

The secretary-general’s special envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, said the security situation inside Yemen remains dire and that the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate. “Despite the international community’s calls for the Yemeni parties to fully commit to the peace process, the parties continued to embark on unilateral actions which risk undermining the prospects for peace,” Ahmed told the council.

He said he had been informed “unofficially” that the parties have rejected a proposed roadmap paving the way for a peace agreement and that he planned to head back to the region with the aim of reaching a detailed agreement based on the plan that he said “provides a comprehensive solution and includes guarantees for the political representation of all political groupings.” “After 18 months of horrific fighting, thousands of deaths, injuries and unspeakable human suffering, we all need to ask how long will Yemenis remain hostages to personal reckless political decisions?” he asked. “What are the parties waiting for to sign a political agreement? Have they not understood there are no winners in wars?”

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