Saudi Arabia leads global condemnation of terrorist attack targeting Aden airport

Saudi Arabia led the global condemnation of the terrorist attack at Yemen’sAden airport on Wednesday; targeting a plane carrying members of the newly formed Yemeni government headed by Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed.

In a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency, the foreign ministry said: “The government of Saudi Arabia condemns; in the strongest terms the cowardly terrorist act that targeted Aden airport today; leaving a number of people dead and wounded. The attack coincided with the arrival of the plane carrying members of the new Yemeni government.”

“This treacherous act backed by the forces of evil is not directed only against the legitimate Yemeni government; but against Yemeni people represented by all political factions; who seek security, peace, stability; and prosperity in the country at a time when forces of darkness stand in their way in order to stop them from achieving their goals,” the statement read.

“Saudi Arabia affirms its solidarity and stands by Yemen and its people as it has been since the first day. They are all markedly confident that today’s incident will only increase their determination and steadfastness in achieving their aspirations and restoring their legitimacy;” the statement added.

The foreign ministry on behalf of the government also expressed sincere condolences and sympathy; to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery for the injured.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres strongly condemned Wednesday’s deadly attack on Aden airport.

In a statement released on Wednesday; Guterres expressed his condemnation of the “deplorable attack.”

The UN chief reiterated the steadfast commitment of the UN; in order to support efforts to resume a Yemeni-led and Yemeni-owned political process to reach an inclusive, negotiated settlement to the conflict.