Peace and Taiz take center stage as Saudi deputy defense minister meets with US special envoy to Yemen


Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid Bin Salman met with US Special Envoy to Yemen Tim Lenderking to discuss the latest developments in the Taiz conflict, the war in Yemen and the need for proposals UN-backed peace plans, among other bilateral issues, a tweet from the Saudi minister said on Saturday.

“I affirmed to him the support of the Saudi-led coalition to the Yemeni Presidential Council and its supporting entities, as well as our aspirations to achieve a comprehensive political resolution to the crisis that will lead Yemen towards peace and prosperity,” he said.

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He also “reaffirmed the need for the United Nations and the international community to put pressure on the Houthis to reopen the roads to Taiz, deposit the revenues from the port of Hodeidah and engage in peace proposals”, according to the same tweet.

US special envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg previously said separate talks would take place to open roads in the disputed Taiz region, but no progress has yet been reported.

A Yemeni minister recently said that the Iran-backed Houthi militia was undermining efforts to achieve a comprehensive peace by violating agreed ceasefire terms, according to an official Saudi Press Agency report quoting the official Yemeni news agency.

The claim was made by Yemeni Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Moammar al-Eryani, who said the militia continues to “evade its commitment to lift the stranglehold on Taiz governorate. “.

A two-month truce between the Arab Coalition and the Iran-backed Houthi militia that rules the north came into effect on April 2, coinciding with the holy month of Ramadan, and has been largely resisted.

Prince Khalid Bin Salman arrived in Washington on Tuesday and met with senior Defense and State Department officials.

The Saudi minister met with US national security adviser Jake Sullivan who reaffirmed President Joe Biden’s commitment to “help Saudi Arabia defend its territory”. Sullivan also highlighted the longstanding partnership between the two nations.

The senior Saudi official also met with US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin where they discussed the strategic relations between the two countries, in addition to reviewing the Saudi-US partnership and aspects of strategic cooperation in the fields of existing and future defense and military.

Prince Khalid also led the Saudi side in the Joint Strategic Planning Committee meeting between the Ministries of Defense of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States of America as Under Secretary of Defense for the politics, Dr. Colin H. Kahl led the United States. side.

During the meeting, the latest developments and rapid regional and international changes were discussed, in addition to discussing many issues and issues within the framework of the two countries’ vision of defending common interests and maintaining peace and security. international security.

The two officials also spoke of the US approach to China “as its pace challenge”. They also discussed the war in Yemen, maritime threats and violent extremist organizations.

Iran’s destabilizing actions in the region were also discussed. The two men agreed to increase their cooperation and to fight the smuggling of illicit weapons to violent non-state groups in the Middle East.

The Pentagon said Kahl hailed the Saudi Defense Ministry’s transformation process as “a top priority for Saudi Arabia and for the United States.”

Jennifer Bell and Joseph Haboush of Al Arabiya English contributed to this report

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