Coalition has saved Yemen from ‘satanic triangle’, Crown Prince tells US media
It is a well-known fact that the relationship between Saudi Arabia and the United States is historical and deep-rooted. Both countries see eye-to-eye on many major issues, especially those relating to anti-terror efforts and the Iranian threat to the region. And the United States is reliant on the Kingdom for its strong influence in the Islamic world and the Middle East.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s recent visit to the US attracted international attention, particularly so since he is considered one of the most influential leaders in the world, capable of building new alliances. His policies have benefitted the Kingdom and have reinforced is global role. This is why, the western world, especially the US has stood by the Kingdom in its war against the Houthi militias and has provided it logistical support.
The Kingdom believes that Yemen will continue to be a threat to the world and remain unstable if controlled by the Houths. This, in fact, was one of the key issues discussed by the Crown Prince with the US administration. He stressed the positive role played by the Kingdom in helping the Yemeni people and the elected Yemeni government.
The Crown Prince spoke openly to the US media about the war against the Houthis and their regional threat. He stressed that the Kingdom is the largest donor of humanitarian aid to Yemen, including health care and education, besides monetary donations. Furthermore, the Kingdom has been a pioneer in the United Nations peacekeeping efforts. During his meeting with the UN Secretary General, the Crown Prince donated US$ 930 million on behalf of the Kingdom and the UAE. This covers about one-third of the US$ 2.96 billion Yemen humanitarian response plan for 2018. The plan will enable the UN to alleviate the sufferings of millions across Yemen.
Speaking about how the Yemen crisis began, the Crown Prince said that it was first sparked off in 2014 – not 2015, as commonly made out to be. The crisis was ignited by the Houthis when then started to take control of Yemeni territory to spread Iran’s hard-line ideology and to separate Yemen from the Arab world.
In interviews with the US media, the Crown Prince said that the coalition forces and the UN Security Council had responded to the call of the Yemeni President and his government. This prevented the division of Yemen between two terrorist groups: the Houthis and Hezbollah in the north of Yemen, and Al-Qaeda in the south. These groups have been trying to manipulate the situation in the country and expand their influence since 2015.
When Crown Prince Mohammed discussed the Yemeni issue with US President Trump, he was fully aware that the US too is seeking to restore legitimacy in Yemen and eliminate the terrorist organizations, including Al-Qaeda and Daesh, and stop Iran from interfering in the country through its puppet Houthi militias.
The Crown Prince further said that the war against the Houthis needs a political and military approach at the same time. Otherwise, the humanitarian tragedy in Yemen will continue and the Iran-backed Houthis will pose a threat and destabilize many Arab and Islamic countries.
During his media statements, the Crown Prince pointed out that Operation Decisive Storm had succeeded in weakening the Houthis and Al-Qaeda. The Saudi intervention has saved Yemen from the terrorist threat posed by the Houthis who were all set to take over the Bab Al-Mandab Strait. This would have affected 13% of the world trade, including that of the US.
The Crown Prince believed that the Saudi-led Arab Coalition prevented Iran and the Houthi terror group from spreading the Iranian ideology among the Iranian people. Thus, Saudi Arabia has taken the initiative of rapid military intervention and has provided humanitarian assistance to the Yemeni people, saving it from “satanic triangle” that includes the Muslim Brotherhood, the Iranian regime, and the Houthi militias.
The Crown Prince was of the view that a political solution would come about one day, but until then, the military pressure on the Houthis must be maintained.