Coalition regains 85 pc of Yemen’s land from Houthis; targets top leadership: Saudi minister

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APP18-24 JEDDAH: June 24 - Head of Pakistani delegation additional Secretary Information and broadcasting Shafqat Jalil along with other information ministers at a conference at Jeddha last day. APP

 

JEDDAH, Jun 24 (APP):Minister of Culture and Information of Saudi Arabia Dr. Awad bin Saleh Al Awad said that the Coalition for Supporting the Legitimacy in Yemen had successfully recaptured liberate more than 85 percent of Yemen’s land besides targeting the first ranked leaders of the Houthi militias directly.
Addressing a meeting of the Ministers of Media of member states of the Coalition held here Saturday to discuss the ways of coordinating media efforts and providing media support to the coalition, he said the member countries were fully committed to the military engagement rules and protecting civilians and supporting the Yemeni people and their legitimate government in resisting the aggressor terrorists.
The meeting was attended by the Ministers of Information and delegates from the member countries of the coalition including Pakistan.
He said the coalition had also tightened the screws on the movement of the leaders of the militia and had achieved remarkable victories on various fronts.
The meeting was part of the coalition’s efforts to restore legitimacy to Yemen and to face the attacks of the Houthi militias, its takeover of power besides its threat to the Kingdom’s borders security and to the region’s stability.
He told the meeting that the military operations in Saada and Sana’a areas had witnessed qualitative progress. Several strategic locations were liberated, militia supply routes were blocked, and large numbers of lives and equipment were lost by them.
The Houthi militias had been threatening the Kingdom’s security through the launch of more than 152 ballistic missiles, which were intercepted bravely by the Saudi air defense forces, preventing them from reaching their targets including the holiest areas in Mecca.
The Saudi minister said the efforts of the coalition were not limited to military, political and humanitarian aspects, but include media support by all of its traditional and modern means.
He said the meeting was aimed at reviewing the coalition countries’ media effort during the past period and monitoring the extent of achieving its objectives besides strengthening media cooperation efforts and explore ways to develop them. It also aimed at addressing the anti-coalition media and coordinate efforts to confront it and expose its agenda, he added.
He said in face of the misleading media, the coalition urgently needed to intensify efforts to expose the crimes of the Houthi militias as well as their inhuman practices and their immoral and criminal behaviour, through our various media outlets.
He said the media outlets of the coalition countries had a great responsibility to clarify the facts, uncovering the circumstances and suspicions raised by the enemies, and conveying the truth with transparency and professionalism.
“This requires constant coordination to provide the necessary media support for the coalition’s military, political and humanitarian efforts in Yemen,” he added.
In his speech, Yemeni Minister of Information Muammar bin Matthar Al-Iryani appreciated all the media which supported the position of the Yemeni people and revealed the truth of Houthi militia in the Arab region, especially the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
He thanked the support of the Saudi leadership to form a coalition to support the legitimacy in response to the appeal, which was launched by President Abd Rabuh Mansur Hadi to save Yemen and its people suffering from the oppression of Houthi militia.
In his address, Additional Secretary Ministry of Information and Broadcasting of Pakistan Shafqat Jalil, who led the delegation, urged all parties to return to the negotiation table as only a political settlement could ensure lasting peace in the country.
He said Pakistan supported all peace efforts in Yemen and looked forward to an early cessation of hostilities in the country and its return to peace and tranquility.
“Pakistan calls for unconditional restoration of the legitimate government of President Abdurabuh Mansour Hadi and withdrawal of rebel forces from territories seized by them including Sana’a,” he said.
Shafqat Jalil said the ongoing war in Yemen posed a serious threat to peace and stability of the entire region and, therefore, calls for our immediate attention.
Chairman of the National Information Council of the United Arab Emirates Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber said that Yemeni forces, backed by the Coalition, have achieved qualitative victories with the continuation of the military and humanitarian operation.
He added that the restoration of the legitimate government of the port of Hodeidah enhances the chances of reaching a peaceful solution and puts pressure on the Houthi militias to sit at the negotiating table and break the deadlock in the political process.
Minister of Information Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain Ali bin Mohammed Al Rumaihi said that the Kingdom of Bahrain, in all its military and media sectors was keen to stand in a single position alongside Saudi Arabia and its good endeavors to establish security and peace in the region and the world.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Information of Sudan Ahmed Bilal Osman said that Sudan considered restoring legitimacy in Yemen as a security and political issue because it posed a direct threat to the security of Saudi Arabia and thus a threat to Islamic holy sites.
Djibouti’s Minister of Information Abdi Yousef Sojeh said Djibouti has received a number of Yemenis who have taken refuge in Djibouti since the first hours of the war without considering them as refugees but as citizens.
President of the Supreme Council of Information of Egypt Makram Mohammed Ahmed affirmed that the peace, security, and stability of Yemen is a key factor in the security and stability of the Middle East.
Kuwait’s Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Mohammad Al-Jabri said that the media has great importance in conveying and clarifying the strategic objectives of an issue.
He stressed that this humanitarian role of the coalition would continue until the resolution of the situation in Yemen and enable the legitimacy of the extension of sovereignty.