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Qatar welcomes the Saudi initiative for Yemen

Qatar expressed its appreciation for the latest Saudi step to declare a comprehensive ceasefire in Yemen.

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On Thursday, the Qatari authorities stated that the Gulf country welcomed Saudi Arabia’s latest attempt to bring an end to a years-long war in Yemen. The statement came from the Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani. The Qatari FM issued a statement through Twitter after he held phone talks with his Saudi counterpart Faisal bin Farhan.

In his post, Abdulrahman Al-Thani stated that “Qatar welcomes the peace initiative launched by Saudi Arabia to establish a ceasefire in Yemen and Saudi efforts to find a political solution that will end the suffering of the brotherly Yemeni people.”

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan introduced a new plan to ease the military escalation in the war-torn country. The plan has offered an UN-supervised nationwide ceasefire between Yemen’s internationally recognized government and the Iranian-backed Houthi group.

However, Houthi spokesperson Abdulsalam did not find the Saudi offer favorable. He accused the Saudi’s of exploiting humanitarian issues to get political and military gain. A day after, Houthi military spokesperson Yahya Saree announced that Houthi forces had launched a missile attack towards Abha International Airport located within the Saudi territory.

Additionally, the Saudi media stated that Houthis launched other attacks carried out through drone and ballistic missiles targeting Saudi oil facilities and military sites on Thursday. Saudi authorities also confirmed the allegations. The Saudi Defense Ministry issued a statement that approved the attacks were carried out by the Iran-aligned Houthi group. It was also stated that the Kingdom plans to take deterrent actions after the attacks.

Nevertheless, on Wednesday, it was reported that the Saudi-led coalition had released four oil ships to dock at the Hodeidah port, although Yemen’s Houthis continues its offensive towards Saudi Arabia and Marib, which is the last stronghold of the Yemeni government.

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