Saudi FM discusses latest Mideast developments with US special envoy, French ambassador

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir meets Brett McGurk, US special envoy for the global coalition against Daesh, in Riyadh. (SPA)
Updated 13 October 2018

Saudi FM discusses latest Mideast developments with US special envoy, French ambassador

JEDDAH: Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir received in Riyadh the US special envoy for the global coalition against Daesh, Brett McGurk.

They discussed the latest developments in the Middle East, and US-Saudi coordination within the coalition.

Al-Jubeir also met with a visiting delegation from the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that works to prevent attacks and accidents involving weapons of mass destruction. They discussed issues of common interest.

Al-Jubeir also received France’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Francois Goite. They reviewed bilateral relations, and discussed regional and international issues of common interest.


Saudi forces intercept ballistic missiles over Riyadh and Jazan

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Saudi forces intercept ballistic missiles over Riyadh and Jazan

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s air defense forces shot down ballistic missiles toward Riyadh and the southern city of Jazan late on Saturday.

Col. Turki Al-Maliki, spokesperson for the Arab coalition helping Yemen's legitimate government, said the Royal Saudi Air Defense Forces intercepted and destroyed at 11:23 p.m. on Saturday two ballistic missiles over Riyadh.

At least one missile has also been intercepted over the southern city of Jazan, according to Al Arabiya sources.

Al-Maliki said the missiles were fired by the "Houthi terrorist militia" from Sanaa and Saada in Yemen toward civilian objects and civilians in the Kingdom.

Lt. Col. Mohammed Al-Hammadi, media spokesperson for the Civil Defense in the Riyadh region, said two civilians from separate neighborhoods in the capital were injured by falling debris from the intercepted missiles as they exploded in mid-air.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi terrorists have previously targeted Riyadh and other Saudi cities with missiles, rockets and drones.

Three explosions were heard in the curfew-locked capital before midnight amid efforts to curb the coronavirus pandemic, residents said on social media.

It was the first major assault on Saudi Arabia since the Iran-backed Houthis offered last September to halt attacks on the Kingdom after devastating twin strikes on Saudi oil installations.