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UK, Saudi Arabia for tight ships inspection to re-open all Yemeni ports

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LONDON, March 8 (KUNA) — The UK and Saudi Arabia have agreed on taking the required measures to allow the opening of all Yemeni ports, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson announced on Thursday.
“Today we have agreed to strengthen the UN inspection of shipping in order to ensure that all Yemeni ports remain open to the humanitarian and commercial supplies that Yemen’s people so desperately need,” Johnson said in an opening remarks at the start of his meeting with Saudi counterpart Adel Al-Jubier.
He called on the Houthis to allow unimpeded humanitarian access in the areas that they control.
He emphasized the need to bring to a halt the conflict in Yemen.
“It is vital that we bring this appalling conflict which has inflicted so much humanitarian suffering to an end,” he said.
He stated that Britain supported Saudi Arabia’s right to defend its national security against missile attacks from Yemen, many of which have targeted the Kingdom’s cities, including Riyadh.
“Any solution to the conflict must ensure that Saudi Arabia no longer faces this cross-border security threat,” Johnson laid it bare.
The British top diplomat vowed that his country would redouble its efforts to support the UN political process.
“We hope to convene our counterparts from the US and the United Arab Emirates before Easter in order – that’s to say, Adel and I will do that, in order to make more progress towards a political solution which we believe to be absolutely vital,” he unveiled.
He expressed pleasure that Saudi Arabia would also develop a plan for the reconstruction of Yemen after any settlement of the conflict.
Johnson and Al-Jubeir’s meeting is held on the sidelines of the Saudi Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammad bin Salman’s three-day visit to Britain which began Wednesday with a lunch with Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Theresa May. (end) kd.ibi

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