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OIC Secretary General Calls on Int'l Community for Protecting Red Sea Maritime Navigation, Countering Al-Houthi Piracy
Secretary General of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr. Yusuf bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen has urged the international community to act to ensure the necessary protection for international maritime navigation in the Red Sea and to counter Al-Houthi piracy.
In his opening statement at the Permanent Representatives' Meeting held at the headquarters of the OIC General Secretariat here today, at the request of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to discuss Houthi militias’ attacks on two Saudi oil tankers and their targeting of freedom of navigation and international trade in Bab al-Mandab Strait and the Red Sea, the Secretary General stated that "Al-Houthi group, which did not hesitate to target Makkah, the holiest place on the earth, also targeted two Saudi oil tankers in the Strait of Bab Al-Mandab in a series of terrorist acts against the territory of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, its interests and residents.
Dr. Al-Othaimeen affirmed the OIC’s strong condemnation of the Houthi militias for targeting international navigation, causing harm to the interests of all world countries. He reaffirmed the OIC’s support for and full solidarity with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the face of terrorism and its support for all the measures it takes to preserve its security, stability and territorial integrity.
Moreover, the OIC Secretary General has also commended the efforts being exerted by the Command of the Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen in coordination with the international community to secure continuing freedom of maritime navigation and international trade at Bab Al-Mandab Strait and maintain regional and international security.
Dr. Al-Othaimeen reiterated the OIC’s support for the UN efforts to reach a political solution to the Yemeni crisis, to support the legitimate state's authorities and to provide more humanitarian and development assistance.
He also praised the support and humanitarian assistance being provided by the government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and HRH Crown Prince.
Meanwhile, he called on all the Organization's Member States to continue to provide political, security, economic and financial support for the Yemeni government to address humanitarian challenges and reconstruction efforts.