File photo: Headquarters of the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Cairo. Reuters
The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis in Yemen announced Wednesday that its defenses had intercepted a drone loaded with explosives, adding that it had injured four workers at the airport and shattered glass on some facades.
In its statement, the ministry also reiterated Egypt’s solidarity with Saudi Arabia in the face of such attacks targeting civilians.
“The Egyptian government and people affirm their support and solidarity with sister Saudi Arabia in dealing with the cowardly and continued terrorist attacks by the Houthi militias,” the ministry said in a statement.
He warned that the continuation of such attacks against innocent civilians in the kingdom constitutes a “flagrant violation of the rules of international law”.
The attacks also threaten the safety and security of civil aviation, air navigation and stability in the region, according to the ministry.
The ministry affirmed Egypt’s support for the measures taken by Saudi Arabia to protect the security, stability and safety of its citizens and residents against these ongoing hostilities.
Saudi Arabia has intercepted hundreds of drones and missiles launched by the Iranian-backed Houthis in recent years since the coalition intervened militarily in Yemen in 2015 to support the internationally recognized government.
Saudi Arabia and Iran began the first round of direct talks with Iran’s new government in September to reduce tensions, especially as diplomatic ties have been severed since 2016.
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan confirmed on Sunday that his government held its first round of direct talks with Iran’s new government last month, in a process that began earlier this year to reduce tension.
This follows three rounds of direct talks organized by Iraq in the run-up to the assumption of new Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi last August.
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian told a press conference in Beirut on Thursday that talks between the two rivals had come “a good distance,” according to Reuters.
Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz expressed hope in September that the Saudi-Iranian talks will lead to a boost in confidence as he addressed world leaders at the 76th United Nations General Assembly.
Egypt has repeatedly expressed its full support for the coalition against the Houthi attacks, saying the movement’s practices further aggravate the situation in Yemen.
The Houthis have rejected calls for a truce made by the United Nations, the United States and Saudi Arabia this year.