US accuses Iran of being responsible for the attack on “Aramco”

US accuses Iran of being responsible for the attack on "Aramco"

US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry accused on Monday Iran of involvement in the attack on Saudi oil facilities, stressing that the attack on Aramco facilities targeted and distabilised the economy and the global energy market.

Perry condemned what he called “Iran’s attack on Saudi Arabia” in his address to the General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna and  he added  : ” This behavior is unacceptable,” adding that Iran “bears responsibility for this act.”

He noted that President Donald Trump has allowed the release of strategic oil reserves in case the United States needs them, and that “his department is ready” to implement this if necessary and he added :”Despite Iran’s malicious endeavors, we are confident in the market’s ability to recover,”.

US envoy Brian Hawk:The world must confront Iran ‘s Greater Strategy in Yemen!

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US Special Envoy to Iran Brian Hawk warned of the dangers of Iranian expansion in the region, noting that Iran is seeking to reproduce the Lebanese experience in Yemen.

Hawk stressed that Iran should be prevented from consolidating its influence in Yemen, in parallel with restricting Iranian expansion in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq.

“The world must face Iran’s ambitions, otherwise the Iranian crescent will become a full moon,” Hawk said in an article in the Wall Street Journal.

The US warning comes to warn of the dangers of Iranian cross-border influence extending from Lebanon, Syria and Iraq to Yemen.

Hawk talked about the major game played by Tehran in Yemen, the “Lebanonization” of the country, ie the reproduction of the Lebanese experience.

Hawk proceeded from Iran’s support for the Hezbollah militia in Lebanon to explain his point of view. It began with the support of militant sectarian groups in the early 1980s, the most violent of which was later combined into a single organization called Hezbollah.

Thanks to Iran’s financially and militarily generous support, the party became a state within the state and served as Iran’s gateway to expand its influence in Lebanon.

The same game is played by Tehran today in Yemen, according to the US official: “Here, the Iranians had the upper hand in the outbreak of war they incited  the coup of Houthi militia.

In Hook’s view, Iran is using Yemen today to strengthen its regional standing. What is more dangerous is that it is using its alliance with the Houthis to threaten the arrival of a quarter of the world’s oil supplies by controlling the Straits of Bab al-Mandab and Hormuz.

Hawk, who has criticized his country’s poor media coverage of Iran’s role in prolonging the tragic conflict in Yemen, has come to the obvious conclusion: “Preventing Iran from establishing itself in Yemen is a necessity.”

Trump: We want Iran to leave Yemen

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US President Donald Trump on Tuesday called on Iran to leave Yemen, reiterating that the United States is not seeking to change the regime but to work with it while stressing significant progress with Iran without giving details.
“Washington wants Iran to get out of Yemen,” Trump said at a cabinet meeting in the White House, referring to its support for the al-Houthi militia, which has taken over large parts of the country since 2014.
Houthi militias receive significant military support from Iran, and the Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen has on several occasions demonstrated evidence of Iranian-made rockets and aircraft used by militias in Yemen.
“We want to work with them, not change the regime,” he said. Trump did not elaborate on progress, but US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said at the meeting that Iran had said it was ready to negotiate its missile program, which Iran later denied.
Iran said on Tuesday its ballistic missile program was not negotiable. “Iran’s missiles … are absolutely impossible and under any circumstances to negotiate with anyone or any country,” Ali Reza Mir Yousuf, spokesman for the Iranian mission to the United Nations, told PRESS.
Tension has been on the rise since Trump withdrew last year from a nuclear deal signed by world powers in 2015 with Iran, in which it agreed to limit the level of uranium enrichment in return for lifting international sanctions that crippled its economy.
The European parties decided on Monday that the dispute mechanism set out in the agreement would not be implemented and that further talks are available to avoid any military a confrontation between the United States and Iran, but at the same time did not take any action to protect Iran from the sanctions imposed by Trump.

The Yemeni government and the United States discuss efforts to counter Iran’s subversive role

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Yemeni Prime Minister Moin Abdulmalik said that he discussed with US Ambassador to Yemen Christopher Hensel, who visited Aden on Thursday, efforts to address the Iranian subversive role in Yemen in particular and the
region in general. And the transformation of Yemen into a threat to the neighboring countries and international navigation in the Red Sea.
At a press conference in Aden, the Yemeni official praised the position of the United States government supporting the legitimate Yemeni government and the eradication of the Iranian-backed terrorist Houthi.
The Yemeni prime minister reiterated Yemeni government’s commitment to building the path of peace in Yemen, stressing the importance of his visit to the United Arab Emirates and the strong relations between the two
countries.
He stressed the need to strengthen the work of the security services in various provinces under the administration of the legitimate government, within a joint operations room under the supervision and support of the
Arab coalition forces.

Washington: Iranian militias are behind the sabotage of ships of the UAE

US national security agencies now believe that Iranian militias have attacked tankers near the UAE, a senior US official said on Tuesday.
Another US official earlier predicted Iran was behind sabotage operations targeting four tankers of the coast of the United Arab Emirates on Sunday (two Saudi carriers, one UAE and one Norwegian).
On Sunday, the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation announced that four civilian commercial cargo ships of various nationalities had been subjected to sabotage operations near the territorial waters of the state, towards the eastern coast near the Emirate of Fujairah and near the
territorial waters and in the economic waters of the UAE.
The UAE Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the concerned authorities have taken all the necessary measures and the investigation into the circumstances of the incident is being conducted in cooperation with local and international bodies.
On Monday, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Faleh confirmed that two Saudi tankers had been sabotaged near the UAE’s territorial waters.
He explained that at six o’clock on Sunday 12 May 2019, two Saudi carriers were attacked, on their way to cross the Arabian Gulf in the economic waters of the United Arab Emirates, near the Emirate of Fujairah, while one was on its way to load Saudi oil from the port of Ras-Tanura ,then heading towards the United States to supply Saudi Aramco customers.

Can US withdrawal from Yemen transform UN-led cease-fire into a lasting peace?

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Yemen, which has been battling to achieve normalcy for over a decade, is torn between two warring sides. One side is led by Iran-backed Houthi militants and the other is led by Saudi-backed Yemen’s ousted government. According to the UN, Yemen is undergoing the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, 60,000 non-combatants and combatants lost their lives during the crisis and more than 10 million are suffering from starvation.
Many US political analysts and political leaders, including the former US Vice  President Joe Biden, have unified their voice against US’s support to its ally  Saudi Arabia in the Yemen War. Last month, the critics of the Yemen crisis passed a war resolution to force US President Donald Trump to end US involvement in the war.
They argue, that with the US backing out, the number of killings and violence would decrease, and eventually, the war would end with a peaceful settlement. This version of the solution seems morally and strategically correct but how effective is it is the question. In all probability, this solution of ending US involvement is least likely to bring the Yemen war and its complications to an end.
Some of the political analysts of the Middle East region believe that neither the US and nor the withdrawal of Saudi forces would lead to a negotiated settlement. Instead, the fighting would continue, worsening cent Yemenis until one side (which currently seems to be won).
Ideally, both the sides would quit the war and come to the table, only when they see that none of them is winning in this war. Unfortunately, Yemen’s antagonistic forces haven’t reached that state of either exhaustion or realization.
On Thursday the US Senate failed to override resolution that would have required him to end the US backing Saudi forces in the Yemen crisis. Despite the loss, critics of the war pledged to keep fighting to end the US involvement. US needs to act quite contrary to the voice of those critics, which is rising in the corridors of US Senate, asking it to back off. The need of the hour increases the support for the Saudi forces to push down the militant extremists backed by Iran.
Houthis need to given an equal fight to make them honor their commitments to the UN and agree to disgorge most of their initial conquests.

Yemeni Vice President: Houthis insist and persist on creating chaos and crisis

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The Vice President of the Republic of Yemen, Lieutenant General Ali Mohsen Saleh said that the Sweden agreements, especially those related to al-Hodeidah, were hindered by the procrastination of the Huthi militias, their intransigence and their insistence on creating a further crisis.
This came during a meeting with US Ambassador Matthew Toler on Wednesday to discuss the developments in the Yemeni arena and the bilateral relations between the two friendly countries and the ways to strengthen them and develop them, especially
in the military field and the fight against terrorism.
The Yemeni Vice President stressed that the Huthi militias care about nothing but war, deliberately multiply the suffering of people and loot public and private rights and practice various violations and looting of relief and humanitarian aid. He pointed to the legitimate efforts led by President Abd-Rabo Mansour Hadi to stabilize security and stability and to normalize the situation,
And to reduce the aggravation of the humanitarian crisis and the quest for peace.
Saleh reiterated the legitimacy of the principle of lasting peace based on the three references, namely the Gulf Initiative and its the executive mechanism, the outcomes of the National Dialogue Conference and UN Security Council Resolution 2216.
For his part, the US ambassador reiterated his country’s support for the legitimacy and security and stability of Yemen and the achievement of lasting peace based on the three references.

UAE relief convoy arrives in the city of Qalqilya in Socotra

The United Arabs Emirate keeps on supporting Yemen people through the humanitarian crisis they are going throughout because of the Houthis war.
Very present o the field UAE rescue the populations of cities and villages destroyed by the Houthis and keep on trying bringing to life Yemen.
The UAE red crescent continues providing food and aid and doubles the efforts since the holy month of Ramadan will start in 3 days.
The red crescent launched a project called: “feeding a fasting person” And as part of this project supervised and funded by the Khalifa Foundation for Humanitarian Work in Socotra, the Foundation organized a plan through which it will cover all areas of the archipelago in order to deliver food baskets to the people of the
archipelago.
In the course of that work, the Foundation today ran a relief convoy to the city of Qalansiya, northwest of Socotra Hoping to help the people of Yemen to have a normal RAMADAN.

Yemen central banks ready to supply foreign currencies

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Yemen’s central bank stated, ” we are willing to supply commercial and Islamic banks with foreign currency to finance imports of goods into the country” which has been pushed to the brink of famine by a four-year war, a Yemeni news agency reported.

Reflecting the war between the Saudi-backed government and the Iran aligned Houthi movement, the central bank has split into two rival head offices for developing hold-ups and settlement problems which have exacerbated an urgent humanitarian crisis.

It was willing to sell banks foreign currency at a rate of 506 rials to the U.S. dollar or at market rates, granted a circular saying by the branch of the southern port of Aden, the seat of the internationally well-known government, “whichever is lower”, state news agency Saba reported late on Monday.

It mentioned the statement since saying this would cover letters of credit and also financing guarantees for imports of products not covered by a $2 billion grant from Saudi Arabia to help finance imports of simple goods and petroleum products.

The United Nations states about 80 % of the 30 million population require some kind of humanitarian help and two-thirds of most districts in Yemen are in a “pre-famine” condition.

The competitor central bank headquartered in Sanaa, the capital now held by the Houthis who control most urban center in Yemen, did not receive any funds from the Saudi loan. A sanctioned in the Sanaa branch informed Reuters last year that dealers must get letters of credit in Aden.

The war pits the Houthi group against a Saudi-led coalition attempting to restore the government of Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi that was ousted from power in Sanaa in late 2014. The Houthis say their revolution is against corruption.

The difficulty has devastated the economy of the poorest Arabian Peninsula nation. It has cut supply routes, decreased imports and caused severe inflation. The central bank practically doubled the interest rate late last year to stabilize the currency.

“Relief King Salman” inaugurates “Together for Educationin Yemen”

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Today, the King Salman Relief Center launched the
“Together for Education in Yemen” project, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education in the Kingdom and the Coalition Forces Command.
The General Supervisor of the King Salman Relief Center,
Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabiah said: “I would like to thank the great role played by the Coalition Forces in supporting
humanitarian action, the King Salman Relief Center, and
international organizations. This positive role contributes
to facilitate the entry of humanitarian aid to Yemen.
“We are pleased to launch a joint project between the
Kingdom and the Republic of Yemen under the slogan”
Together for Education in Yemen “, which includes the
provision of more than 50,000 tables and a school bench serving 50,000 students.
Al-Rabiah added: “In support of Yemen’s pioneering role in supporting Yemen and its people, humanitarian, relief, and development projects have been implemented, supporting the economy of Yemen and the Central Bank with US $ 11.88 billion.
The King Salman Center for Humanitarian Relief and Works carried out 330 projects in all areas of Yemen at a cost of more than US $ 2 billion. Education in Yemen received great attention from the Center. Six projects worth over US $ 4 million have already been implemented.