KUNA: Italy, Saudi Arabia support Kuwait's endeavors to solve Yemeni crisis‏

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 Amir Sheikh Sabah
Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad

Italy and Saudi Arabia Monday supported endeavors by State of Kuwait to solve the Yemeni conflict, on basis of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah's letter to Iranian leaders, Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported .

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir, at a joint news conference with his Italian counterpart Angelino Alfano, hoped efforts exerted by Kuwait would trigger resumption of negotiations between Yemeni parties on basis of UN resolution 2216, GCC initiative and its implementation mechanism, and outcome of national dialogue.

Al-Jubeir, answering a question by KUNA on diplomatic efforts by Kuwait, said there were attempts to reach an agreement but all these bids were rejected by the Houthis.

He hoped the Houthis would "show wisdom and acknowledge impossibility of the occupation of Yemen and formation of militias outside the government's authority.

Al-Jubeir said the Houthis should be equally engaged in the political process like all other forces "without special privileges." The Saudi top diplomat said the GCC hoped the negotiations, which were held in Kuwait last year, would resume in order to end the war and fighting in Yemen.

On Iran, Al-Jubeir said "Iran must chose, either be a revolution which does not know national boundaries, or a national state with which we can talk." Alfano, for his part, appreciated endeavors of Kuwait and the other GCC countries to defuse tension in the region.

He said His Highness the Amir of Kuwait's letter to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, to launch dialogue on behalf of the GCC, was a positive step.

This "positive" initiative of His Highness the Amir is based on common principles like good neighborliness, non-inteference in internal affairs and respect of sovereignty of neighboring countries, said Alfano.

Italy, he added, "supported the initiative" by the State of Kuwait.