Arab coalition member state officials review efforts to ease Yemeni suffering caused by Houthis

The Ambassadors of the member states of the Saudi-led Arab coalition met in Tunisia on to review efforts to ease the suffering of Yemeni people. (SPA)
Updated 13 September 2018
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Arab coalition member state officials review efforts to ease Yemeni suffering caused by Houthis

The ambassadors of the member states of the Saudi-led Arab coalition met in Tunisia on Thursday to review efforts to ease the suffering of Yemeni people due to the criminal practices carried out by the Iran-backed Houthi militia.

The ambassadors of Saudi Arabia, Yemen, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Egypt, Bahrain, Sudan and Jordan met with General Director of the Political, Economic Affairs and Cooperation of the Arab World at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Tunisia, M.Mahmoud Khemiri, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

During the meeting, Khemiri stressed the need for the coalition countries to provide full technical support to the Yemeni government to monitor violations of human rights and international humanitarian law.

The meeting was a continuation of coordination efforts and joint action among the coalition countries to support the internationally recognized government of Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi.


Stena Impero operator says tanker’s crew safe and well

Updated 24 July 2019
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Stena Impero operator says tanker’s crew safe and well

  • ‘... they’re all okay and in good health and they’re getting good cooperation with the Iranians on board the vessel’

STOCKHOLM: All 23 crew on a British-flagged tanker seized last week by Iran in the Strait of Hormuz are safe and well, the vessel’s Swedish operator Stena Bulk said on Wednesday after speaking to them.

Iran said on Saturday it had seized the Stena Impero because it had collided with a fishing boat. Stena Bulk has said it has received no evidence of such a collision.

“We had direct contact with the crew on board the vessel last night by telephone and they’re all okay and in good health and they’re getting good cooperation with the Iranians on board,” the firm’s spokesman Pat Adamson said.

Its CEO Erik Hanell said he hoped Tuesday’s contact was “a first sign that we will soon see more positive progress from the Iranian authorities.”

Britain described the seizure as piracy and called on Monday for a European-led naval mission to ensure safe shipping through the Strait, a strategic waterway for oil transportation.

Adamson said the next step for the operator would be to try and get somebody on board to check up on the crew, but that he had no timeline for when the crew might be repatriated.

“We haven’t had any direct response from the Iranian authorities about visiting the vessel as yet but we hope we will have that soon,” he said.

“All the appropriate governments and embassies are supporting and helping us.”