Jeddah - SPA
OIC Final Communiqué Strongly Condemns Al-Houthi Aggression on Two Saudi Oil Tankers
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)'s Permanent Representatives have condemned in the strongest terms the aggression by the Iran-backed Al-Houthi militias on two Saudi oil tankers in the Red Sea after crossing Bab Al-Mandab strait.
They confirmed, in a Final Communique issued at the conclusion of their meeting held at the headquarters of the OIC's General Secretariat here today at the request of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, that the aggression constitutes a flagrant violation of all international laws and norms and a serious threat to international navigation, and it forms considerable damage to the freedom of international trade and maritime navigation at Bab Al-Mandab and the Red Sea, pointing out that these heinous attacks are perpetrated amid similar terrorist operations by Iran-backed Al-Houthi militias against international maritime traffic and international trade, in addition to their planting of hundreds of naval mines intended to cause damage to the interests of the countries of the region and the entire world, in total disregard for the possible disastrous environmental and economic repercussions of oil spills at Bab al-Mandab and the Red Sea areas.
The OIC Permanent Representatives have also called on the international community to condemn these attacks and to counter all serious terrorist acts being carried out by Al-Houthi militias in Yemen and all those supporting and financing them, to ensure the necessary protection for international maritime navigation in the Red Sea and Bab Al-Mandeb and to take serious and effective steps to prevent the recurrence of such aggressions in the future.
They expressed full solidarity with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in all the measures it takes to protect its resources, security and stability, affirming support for the efforts of the Coalition in Support of Legitimacy in Yemen aimed at taking all necessary measures to ensure the safety and security of maritime navigation and trade in Bab Al Mandab and the Red Sea.
They also called on the Security Council to take all possible measures to ensure the prompt and full implementation of its two resolutions 2216 and 2231 to prevent the escalation of Al-Houthi attacks, which increased regional tensions and the dangers of regional confrontation, and to hold Al-Houthi militias and their Iranian sponsors accountable for their countless crimes against international law.
The communique stated that the OIC Permanent Representatives were briefed on the recent report of the UNSC Panel of Experts on Yemen regarding Iran’s supplying of Al-Houthi militias with ballistic missiles and weapons in flagrant violation of the relevant Security Council resolutions and called on the Council to assume its responsibilities in maintaining international peace and security and to hold Iran accountable for violating its resolutions.
They also called for the need for Al-Houthis militias to withdraw from the city and port of Al-Hudaydah, commending the significant efforts being exerted by the Coalition countries led by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Yemen and their support for international humanitarian and relief efforts to ease the suffering of the Yemeni people.
They hailed the launching by the Coalition countries of the Comprehensive Humanitarian Operations Plan in Yemen and the Coalition’s contribution to financing those operations as well as the great efforts being made for the delivery of humanitarian assistance to those in need and to facilitate their transit and counter Al-Houthi threats to humanitarian corridors.
They condemned the rejection by the Iran-backed Al-Houthi militias of the UN proposals to increase commercial and humanitarian shipments through the Red Sea ports, including new arrangements for the management of the port of Al-Hudaydah so as to improve the humanitarian situation in Yemen.
The attendees called on the OIC Secretary General to take all measures to communicate this report to the United Nations and to regional organizations and to report thereon to the next Ministerial Meeting.