sabato 23 giugno 2018
Media Ministers of Member States of Coalition for Supporting the Legitimacy in Yemen hold a meeting in Jeddah
The Ministers of Media of the Member States of the Coalition for Supporting the Legitimacy in Yemen held a meeting at the Conference Palace here today to discuss the ways of coordinating media efforts and providing media support for the Coalition countries.
At the outset of the meeting, Minister of Media Dr. Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad conveyed the greetings of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince, Vice President of the Council of Ministers and Minister of Defense to the Ministers of Media of the Member States of the Coalition for Supporting the Legitimacy in Yemen participating in the meeting.
He pointed out that the meeting comes as a continuation of the coordination of efforts and the joint action among the countries of the Coalition for Supporting the Legitimacy in Yemen which was formed in response to an invitation from President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi in March 2015 to restore the legitimacy to Yemen and confront attacks of Houthi militias backed by Iran, their takeover of power and threat to the security of the borders of the Kingdom and the stability of the region, through serving Iran's expansionist agenda and disrespecting the right of the Yemeni people to choose the legitimate government which represents them.
Dr. Al-Awwad said," Houthi militias are one of the tools of Iran to threaten the stability of the region and their ambitions have not stopped at attacking Yemenis and seizing their lands, but they exceeded that to threaten the security of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by launching more than 152 ballistic missiles intercepted courageously by our air defense forces and prevented from reaching their targets which have not excluded the holiest site of Makkah, which reflects the indifference of these Iranian-backed militias to the sanctity of Islamic sanctuaries; therefore, it was necessary for the Coalition for Supporting the Legitimacy in Yemen to confront these coup militias to cut off Iran's arms in the region and restore the legitimacy to Yemen''.
Minister of Media Dr. Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad added that the coalition has succeeded in restoring and liberating more than 85% of Yemeni territories with its commitment to the rules of engagement, protecting civilians and supporting the Yemeni people and their legitimate government in resisting the aggressors, noting that the coalition has also achieved remarkable victories on various fronts, notably Saada front, the main stronghold of Houthi coup militias and Nahm front, east of the capital Sana'a, where the Coalition has achieved qualitative progress, a number of strategic sites were liberated, roads for supplying militias were cut off, their remnants were besieged, they suffered great losses in lives and equipment, the liberated areas were ensured, and displaced families returned homes.
He added, "In a decisive and crucial step in the military operations, in response to the legitimate Yemeni government, and in support of the National Yemeni Army, the Coalition for Supporting the Legitimacy in Yemen launched a military and humanitarian operation to liberate the port of Hodeidah in western Yemen aiming to stop the smuggling of arms, ensure the security of maritime navigation traffic, facilitate the entry of relief aid to improve living conditions of the brotherly Yemeni people, drain the sources of financing Houthis and pressure them to negotiate seriously and get out of the deadlock being witnessed by the efforts to find a political solution to the crisis to ensure the unity and independence of Yemen and its territorial integrity in accordance with the Gulf initiative, its executive mechanisms, and decisions of the Comprehensive Yemeni National Dialogue Conference and implementation of Security Council resolution 2216.
Dr. Al-Awwad pointed out that the Coalition's support for the legitimacy has not been limited to military operations only, but extended to other economic, security, relief and service aspects, infrastructure development projects, paving roads, rehabilitating ports and increasing their capacity, noting that while coalition fighters support Yemeni National Army operations on various fronts, relief convoys move to promote the assistance of the needy people in various liberated areas, adding that the efforts of the Coalition are not limited to military, political and humanitarian aspects, but include media support in all its traditional and modern means and a high level of mastery in terms of quality of content and compliance with general professional standards based on press and media charters of honor.