Saudi FM Meets Fabius, Says 'Not at War with Iran' in Yemen

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Saudi Arabia called on Iran to stop supporting Shiite rebels in Yemen on Sunday but Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal insisted Riyadh was not at war with Tehran.

"Unless Iran thinks it is suddenly become part of Yemen, we are not at war with Iran," he said at a press conference with his French counterpart Laurent Fabius.

But he also called on Tehran not to "assist the criminal activities" of the Huthi rebels "against the legitimate order of Yemen and (to) stop the delivery of weapons and aid" to the militiamen.

Fabius, who met with King Salman and other top Saudi officials during a visit to Riyadh, said France was ready to work on resolving the crisis in Yemen.

"France has expressed its readiness to find a solution" for Yemen, he said.

Saudi Arabia is leading a coalition of several Arab countries which since March 26 has carried out air strikes against the Huthis, who overran the capital Sanaa in September and have expanded to other parts of Yemen.

Riyadh fears the rebels would take over the entire country and move it into the orbit of Iran, Sunni Saudi Arabia's regional rival.

Saud said the kingdom intervened at the request of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, who fled the Huthi advance for Riyadh.

Iran has rejected accusations of arming the rebels and its supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has described the coalition's efforts as "criminal acts."

Turning to the Iranian nuclear file, Fabius said important questions have not been settled and "there remains work to do" before a final deal to curb Tehran's nuclear ambitions.

"What has been concluded is positive," Fabius said of the framework agreement reached early this month between Tehran and six major powers including France.

It marked a major breakthrough in a 12-year standoff between Iran and the West, which fears Tehran wants to build an atomic bomb. Iran insists its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.

In exchange for limits on Iran's nuclear capabilities the accord would lift international sanctions. A final deal is to be reached by June 30.

There must be "no possible military dimension" and there remains also the question of sanctions -- their lifting, or re-establishment if Iran violates its commitments, Fabius said.

"These two questions are not settled and there remains work to do," Fabius said.

"France hopes for a solid and verifiable agreement."

Saudi Arabia fears that if too much of Iran's nuclear program is left intact Tehran will still have the ability to obtain an atomic bomb, and there are concerns that Riyadh could seek its own nuclear capability.

"We agree in saying that a final pact must be clear so that nothing is hidden and that the Gulf remains free of all weapons of mass destruction," Saud al-Faisal said.

Comments 13
Thumb the_roar 12 April 2015, 18:31

I don;t care what others care about..I only care that KSA continue this war to the end..time KSA tasted what it supports in other countries.

Lets see how well they do huh!

Thumb eagledawn 12 April 2015, 18:34

Archbishop of Beirut Elias Audeh: I call for adopting knowledge in the face of ignorance (Southern), light against darkness (Mowaten), morality against immorality (Flamethrower), truth against lies (Mystic), and objectivity against trolling (the_roar).

Thumb the_roar 12 April 2015, 18:37

You missed a day posting eagledawn? How about Easter? how about weekends? no?

but you call others trolling? lol @ gifboy

now go start your guest names...we await your signing in & out under all dif guest names.

Thumb Mystic 12 April 2015, 19:21

The Saudi Wahabi Monarchy wages war against the whole free world, with their takfiris and shackles.

Thumb ansarullah 12 April 2015, 18:43

Ansarullah and Hizbullah are men of god like all chiaas, but Ansarullah have nuclear weapons.

Default-user-icon mahdi firuz berhouz (Guest) 12 April 2015, 20:49

hahahaha! I just love it how you mix nuclear technology with sarcasm and humor!!!!! My boss adores you flamesrower, he really does. Somesing Anazar, really Anazar!

Default-user-icon the_roar (Guest) 12 April 2015, 18:55

As a Shia follower of Khomeini I will forgive & pray for those who insult my Lords, Sayyid Hassan Nassrallah and Sheikh Sayyid Abdul-Malik al-Houthi.

Missing ArabDemocrat.com 12 April 2015, 18:58

Another non-sensical and blind statement.

Thumb ex-fpm 12 April 2015, 19:24

قاووق: مسؤوليتنا الدينية والانسانية لا تسمح لنا بالسكوت على العدوان ضد الشعب اليمني
But his religious and iranian duty allows him to remain silent regarding the massacres against the syrian people that he is a main part of.
what can one say, oh well....

Thumb Mystic 12 April 2015, 20:17

yes min-canada, it's good you admit that the Saudis doesn't consider Yemen a sovereign nation at all, but just their slumpy backyard right? Well your Wahabi fathers will drown in this Yemeni Swamp that they stuck themselves into.

Default-user-icon + oua nabka + (Guest) 12 April 2015, 20:18

Unless Iran thinks it is suddenly become part of Yemen, we are not at war with Iran
so is yemen part of ksa ya faisal ?
so why tou fight arab houthi,s as being Iranians ??!!
god bless democracy

Default-user-icon jaafar ibn iblees (Guest) 12 April 2015, 20:47

is that a martyred huthi iranian terrorist family in your avatar, God Forbid?

Missing peace 12 April 2015, 23:21

"A Syrian regime air strike hit a school in the main northern city of Aleppo on Sunday killing five children and four other civilians"

this is the regime M8ers are proud to support... and cry that saudis are bombing yemen to support the regime there... double hypocrit standards with zero credibility....