Saudi Arabia’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir said there is a possibility of calming the situation in Yemen as a prelude to reaching a settlement in the four-year conflict, Saudi-owned channel Al-Arabiya cited him as saying on Friday in the Mediterranean Dialogue Conference.
Saudi Arabia released at the end of November a group of Yemeni prisoners belonging to the Iran-aligned Houthi group, a step that may support efforts to reach peace in Yemen.
“There is a possibility to calm down the situation that will be followed by a settlement in Yemen,” Jubeir told the conference in Rome, according to Al-Arabiya.
Al-Jubeir added, that Iran threatens the entire region and its aggression can no longer be tolerated. “We support the campaign of ” harsh pressure,” stressing that Iran must be deprived of the tools that threaten the region and the world.”
He pointed out that “Iran believes in the principle of exporting revolution and does not respect the sovereignty of states,” adding that “we must show rigor with Iran and no one seeks war.”
On the situation in Yemen, Al-Jubeir said: “The only solution in Yemen is political, and the Houthis are the ones who started the war, not us,” reaffirming that” all Yemenis, including the Houthis, have a role in the future of Yemen.”
There is a possibility, he made clear, of a truce followed by a settlement, in Yemen, he stated.
“Yemen is of special importance for the Kingdom, and Iran’s interference in its affairs is devastating,” he elaborated.
On the Saudi-American relations, he remarked that: “The relations between us and the United States are strong and are well established, whatever the ruling party is,” adding: “We will work with Washington to confront Iranian interference as we have fought together against terrorism.”
On the Palestinian issue, he said that “We confirm our support for the principle of a Palestinian state with Al-Quds (East Jerusalem) as its capital,” concluding that: “We have also informed Washington that its positions on the peace process weaken the two-state solution.”