Saudi and British Foreign Ministers hold a press conference in London
Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir has stressed the importance of relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom, describing them as historical in various fields.
This came during a press conference held in London yesterday with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on the sidelines of the visit currently being paid to the United Kingdom by His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Saudi Crown Prince, Vice President of the Council of Ministers, and Minister of Defense.
Minister Al-Jubeir pointed out that they held intensive consultations on several issues and challenges that affect stability in the region, and emphasized the need to deter Iran and cease its influence and destabilizing policies.
He said, "We are working together to strengthen cooperation in other files to present ideas on the Middle East peace process and enhance cooperation in the field of security."
He added, "The war in Yemen is not a war of the choice of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This is not a war of our choice, but it was imposed on us."
Minister Al-Jubeir pointed out that Houthis have looted more than 4 billion dollars from the central banks in Yemen and they are working on smuggling and controlling telecommunications companies in order to finance their war.
On Houthi militias' non-seriousness in dialogue, he said that more than 70 meetings were held, but Houthis were indifferent to them, stressing that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has no ambitions in Yemen, but it is the largest provider of humanitarian assistance in Yemen.
As for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's vision, Minister Al-Jubeir said, "Most of the Saudi society are youths, under the age of 30, and a large number of them have gone to study in different places in the world, starting from Japan to the United States of America in various disciplines. Our role as a government lies in assisting them to achieve their endeavors and ambitions. This matter can be achieved if we are engaged in diversifying our economy away from oil, and to achieve our vision, we must enjoy transparency and efficiency. And this is an integral part of the Kingdom's vision 2030, which includes the restructuring of most government institutions to cope with the challenges of this stage. "
For his part, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson stressed that his country is confident in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's seeking for achieving its ambitions, and the held talks focused on how to exchange experiences between the two sides, noting that his country enjoys historical relations with the Kingdom and that work is underway to enhance security and stability in both countries.
Minister Johnson confirmed his country's support for the Kingdom in defending its security, commending the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's role in the reconstruction of Yemen.