US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken denounced the Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia, reiterating his country’s commitment to supporting “Saudi defenses” and finding a political settlement to the crisis in Yemen.
This came in a tweet that Blinken published after a telephone conversation with his Saudi counterpart, Faisal bin Farhan, on Wednesday
“I spoke with Faisal bin Farhan. Saudi Arabia is an important security partner. We will not stand aside while the Houthis attack Saudi Arabia,” Blinken wrote.
Spoke with @Sarah_far. Saudi Arabia is an important security partner. We won’t stand by while the Houthis attack Saudi Arabia. We remain committed to bolstering Saudi Arabia’s defenses and finding a political settlement to the conflict in Yemen.
– Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) February 11, 2021
In a press release, US State Department spokesman Ned Price said that Blinken denounced during his conversation with Bin Farhan the Houthi attacks on Abha International Airport, which hit a civilian plane.
According to the statement, the two ministers discussed “joint efforts to strengthen Saudi defenses against attacks on its territory,” and the two sides referred to the diplomatic movement with the aim of reaching a negotiated political solution to the war in Yemen, including “through recent contacts made by the US special envoy to Yemen with regional partners. , Humanitarian organizations, the UN special envoy to Yemen and other interested parties.
The spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, Turki Al-Maliki, revealed, early Thursday morning, that the coalition thwarted and destroyed a drone loaded with explosives launched by the Houthis towards Khamis Mushait, after the announcement on Wednesday of “the interception and destruction of two unmanned aircraft.” Two booby traps) “in the south of the kingdom.
For their part, the Houthis announced that four of their drones targeted the airfields of warplanes at Abha International Airport in Saudi Arabia.