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Saudi Arabia welcomes Security Council resolution to label terrorist group Houthis

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Monday welcomed a UN Security Council resolution labeling the Houthi militia a terrorist group, in addition to expanding the scope of an existing arms embargo to encompass all members of the Iranian-backed group, which was previously limited to specific individuals and companies.

The Saudi Foreign Ministry hoped the move would help put an end to the activities of the Houthi terrorist militia and its supporters, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

He added that the resolution would neutralize the danger of militias and stop supplying him with missiles, drones, weapons and Iranian funds to finance his war targeting civilians and economic installations in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and threatening the international shipping.

The ministry reiterated its support for efforts to achieve a comprehensive political solution to the Yemeni crisis, including the efforts of the UN Special Envoy to Yemen, based on the Gulf initiative, the results of the dialogue comprehensive national and relevant Security Council resolutions, including resolution 2216.

Lana Nusseibeh, permanent representative of the United Arab Emirates to the UN, welcomed the adoption of the resolution and the addition of the entire Houthi organization to the list of sanctions against Yemen in response to their “violations blatant and heinous attacks”.

This, she said, will reduce the group’s military capabilities and help prevent its hostile actions against civilian ships that threaten shipping routes and international trade.

Nusseibeh called on the Houthis to end their cross-border terror attacks and return to the negotiating table and engage in a serious political process.

Security Council Resolution 2624, which was tabled by the United Arab Emirates, condemns the continued supply of weapons and weapon components to the Houthis from outside Yemen, in violation of the established arms embargo by resolution 2216 in 2015. It urges all UN Member States to intensify their efforts “Combat the smuggling of arms and components by land and sea, to ensure the implementation of the targeted embargo on arms.”

Eleven of the 15 members of the Security Council voted in favor of the resolution; Ireland, Mexico, Brazil and Norway abstained on humanitarian grounds.

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