Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the United States Princess Reema Bint Bandar has described the attacks on the Kingdom on March 7 as “egregious terrorist attacks carried out by Iranian-backed militias against Saudi Arabia; calling them a threat to innocent civilians and an assault on global energy security.”
“The Kingdom is committed to ending the war in Yemen through a political resolution; but on the other side of this conflict is a group driven by the extremist ideology of the Iranian regime;” the ambassador said in a statement issued by the Saudi embassy here.
“The Houthis continue to show callous disregard for the suffering of our Yemeni brothers and sisters. Quite simply, by their actions; they show they are not interested in the type of serious dialogue it will take to end the nightmare in Yemen.”
The ambassador emphasized that Saudi Arabia to restore stability and security to Yemen, through a negotiated settlement; since the beginning of the conflict. And it has supported all UN peace initiatives since 2015. She stressed that Saudi officials remain active in their support of the efforts of UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths and the US Special Envoy for Yemen Timothy Lenderking.
Princess Reema also said the latest missile and drone attacks on Aramco facilities in Saudi Arabia “represent a threat to the stability of global energy supplies; affecting the entire global economy and endangering the lives of Saudi workers in Aramco and thousands more from 80 different nationalities, including Americans.”
“We are exercising extreme restraint in the face of a daily barrage of weaponized drones and ballistic missiles;” the ambassador declared. “It is distressing that despite our reinvigorated efforts to resolve the conflict the Houthis have only escalated their attacks on Saudi Arabia; at the same time they escalated their offensive in Ma’rib in Yemen; which is home to more than 1 million internally displaced Yemenis; and shelled and bombarded Taiz and other Yemeni civilian centers. The Houthis believe they can act with impunity.”
Princess Reema also noted that Iran continues to provide weapons, training, and technical support to the Houthis, and stated; “Renewed international commitments to end the war in Yemen means putting an end to the smuggling of Iranian weaponry into Yemen; used to terrorize Yemenis and to launch attacks on civilian targets in Saudi Arabia.
She also noted that the Houthis denied US teams from inspecting and maintaining the aging oil tanker FSO Safer. This is for almost three years; threatening an oil spill that would destroy marine life in the Red Sea and damage Yemeni coastlines. Their targeting of oil facilities in the Kingdom also threatens the local environment; by exposing coasts and territorial waters to a potentially disastrous spilling of petroleum or petroleum products.
The ambassador praised the brave and remarkable efforts of the Saudi armed forces in preventing greater Houthi damage. She commended their work to protect civilians from all forms of threats; including the successful interception of more than 526 Houthi drones and more than 346 Houthi ballistic missiles.