Kuwait has condemned in the “strongest terms possible”, a Houthi attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities, pledging full support for security measures assumed by the kingdom.
The remarks were delivered in a speech by the Kuwaiti permanent UN mission’s Acting Charge d’Affaires Bader Al-Menaikh at a Security Council session on Yemen.
The continuing Houthi group’s attacks on Saudi territory represent a “clear and direct threat” to regional security and stability, he said, mentioning this necessitates enacting relevant Security Council weapon ban resolutions.
He praised the “pivotal role” assumed by UN inspectors deployed to monitor the implementation of the Stockholm agreement, and the subsequent Houthi withdrawal from the strategic ports of Hodeidah, Al-Saleef and Ras Issa.
Despite this, he expressed disappointment in regards to developments over the agreement, explaining that, up to this point, it has “not achieved its intended goals.” For instance, the city of Taez, in the southwest, has remained besieged for four years now, as civilians there suffer without the situation being resolved, he said.
He also lamented challenges faced by the committee tasked with overseeing the prisoner swap deal. Kuwait went on to reiterate its praise of the UN special envoy to Yemen’s efforts on the crisis, underlining that the “ideal solution” was the complete implementation of the three-point agreement and the ruling out of a military option.
This would enable focusing on matters related to ending the crisis and adopting the Gulf Cooperation Council Initiative and steps for national dialogue, he said.