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The Saudi-led Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen announced in a ‎statement today that it will observe a ceasefire in Yemen tonight in response to a call from ‎Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. The ceasefire began at midnight local time. ‎In a statement, the coalition said it is committed to the ceasefire, but reserves the right to respond to any rebel attacks.

The legitimate government of Yemeni has notified the UN envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, that ‎it has accepted the ceasefire in order to pave the way for the UN-sponsored peace talks to be ‎held in Kuwait on April 18.  The ceasefire will expire at 12 p.m. local time (9 a.m. UTC) of the ‎day following the conclusion of consultations in Kuwait, unless the agreement is extended. The ‎Yemeni government is obliged to notify the coalition of any decision to extend the ceasefire, the ‎announcement said. However, the coalition will reserve the right to respond to any violations of ‎the ceasefire by the Houthis and their supporters.‎

In March 2015, Saudi Arabia responded to an appeal for assistance from Yemeni ‎President Hadi by forming an international coalition and launching military operations in support ‎of the people of Yemen and the legitimate government of Yemen. Saudi Arabia supports all ‎efforts to end the Yemeni crisis.‎

  • April 10, 2016

Saudi Arabia has donated $10 million to establish a specialized center to combat nuclear terrorism at the headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in Vienna, Austria.  Saudi Arabia has also donated  500,000 euros ($570,000) for the project to modernize the IAEA laboratories in Seibersdorf, Austria, Dr. Hashim Abdullah Yamani, President of King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy and head of the Saudi delegation to the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, announced yesterday.

Dr. Yamani said Saudi Arabia was one of the first countries that supported international resolutions related to nuclear security. He said the Kingdom has ratified the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material and supports the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism as a party to the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism.

Dr. Yamani reiterated Saudi Arabia’s commitment to international activities in the field of nuclear security, citing the Kingdom’s support for the establishment of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Center in 2011. Saudi Arabia pledged $10 million to the U.N. to establish the Center in 2008. In 2014, Saudi Arabia donated $100 million to the Center to build its capabilities and effectiveness in helping countries combat terrorism.

  • April 2, 2016

The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRELIEF) distributed yesterday 4,000 food baskets in the areas of Mashrah and Hadnan and villages surrounding them in the Yemeni Taiz Governorate.  This comes within the distribution project of 100,000 food baskets to be sent to this area within the coming days.

  • March 29, 2016

The Command of Forces of Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen announced today that 9 Saudi detainees were repatriated and 109 Yemeni citizens arrested in military operations near Saudi Arabia’s southern border were handed over within the framework of calm previously announced on March 8, 2016.

The Coalition welcomed the continuing state of calm within the framework of its application for the plan (Renewal of Hope), hoping the start of calm in conflict areas in the Republic of Yemen to pave the way for intensifying the arrival of relief materials for entire Yemeni territories and supporting the efforts being patronized by the United Nations to reach a political solution in accordance with the Security Council Resolution 2216.

  • March 28, 2016

The first meeting of the Islamic Military Alliance to combat terrorism was held in Riyadh today. Military chiefs from the member states vowed to “dry up terrorists’ resources.”

Brig. Gen. Ahmed Asiri, spokesman for the alliance, said the representatives of the 34-country Islamic alliance discussed a unified strategy to degrade terrorism. Ideological, media, financial and military aspects to combat terrorism were discussed.

“Today’s meeting is to put the foundation stone for the coalition,” he said. “Today we did not discuss any individual cases.” However, Gen. Asiri said “Saudi Arabia has presented a paper to follow the resources of terrorism funding.”

He also said the attendance of 39 Muslim nations, not all of which were members of the coalition, “sends a strong message on importance and nature of the alliance,” adding that such force is needed in the face of “ISIS recreating Muslims and Arabs to put them in confrontation with the world.”

Gen. Asiri emphasized that the coalition will work according to “international law and standards,” dismissing that any country would take a unilateral decision. “Sovereignty is respected,” he reiterated.

  • March 27, 2016

Saudi Arabia today strongly condemned and denounced the terrorist attack in the south of Baghdad.  In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed the Kingdom’s condolences to the families of the victims and to the government and people of Iraq, wishing a speedy recovery for the injured and stressing the need for concerted efforts to combat and uproot this dangerous phenomenon.

  • March 26, 2016

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz today sent a cable of condolences to His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium, condemning the criminal attacks in Brussels and calling for global cooperation to fight terrorism.

“It is with great sorrow that we learned of the terrorist attacks in Brussels. On behalf of the government and people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, we strongly condemn these criminal acts and express the deepest of condolences to Your Majesty, the families of the victims and the brotherly people of Belgium,” said King Salman. “We reiterate the importance of international efforts to confront and eliminate this dangerous scourge, condemned by all divine religious and international norms and conventions”

Crown Prince Mohammad bin Naif, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense, sent similar cables of condolences.

  • March 22, 2016

The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Iyad Ameen Madani, condemned in the strictest terms the terrorist attacks perpetrated Brussels.  Secretary General Madani reaffirmed the OIC’s unwavering solidarity and support to Belgium at these critical and painful circumstances and expressed his firm rejection of these terrorist acts, which violate the sanctity of human life and reiterated OIC’s principled and consistent position in condemning terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

The Secretary General called upon all governments across the world, international organizations and civil society institutions to engage in a concerted joint firm action to combat the scourge of terrorism which represents a serious threat to international peace and security.

  • March 22, 2016