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Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah meets with US President Donald Trump in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, May 21, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Riyadh – Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah has stressed the importance of safeguarding Saudi Arabia’s border against continuous attacks by Houthi insurgents in Yemen.

Speaking before the Gulf-US summit held in Riyadh, the Emir said that developments in Yemen pose a threat to security and stability in the region, especially Saudi Arabia.

“We do not deny here the urgent need for help from our allies topped by the United States of America, as the conflict is not only with Yemen, but there is an outside party that provides them with weapons and money to kill the people of Yemen and neighboring countries”.

The Emir stressed that a solution would only be political and through pressure on the warring parties to return to the negotiating table.

He mentioned that Kuwait hosted the Yemeni peace consultations for more than three months, but unfortunately they did not produce any positive results. Things became more complicated as a result of external interventions.

The Emir pointed out that the deteriorating situation in Syria forces everyone to move as quickly as possible to end the disaster there.

“We believe that the United States of America has a great role in putting an end to this conflict while at the same time we appreciate its efforts in this regard,” the Emir stated.

With regards to the Middle East peace process, the Emir highlighted that the impasse necessitates a breakthrough, to avoid its negative repercussions on the region.

The Kuwaiti Emir urged Washington to exert pressure on the Palestinian and Israeli sides to find a just and comprehensive solution.

“We believe that the relations between states of the region must be based on the basic rules of international law, foremost of which is respect for the sovereignty and systems of states and non-interference in their internal affairs under any pretext and the deepening of good-neighborliness,” he said.

He hoped that the new Iranian presidency will embody the foundations of non-interference in order to achieve security and stability in the region.

The Emir said that more efforts need to be exerted to eliminate ISIS, making it a priority for the world to enjoy security and peace.

“The achievements of the coalition countries and the US-led forces to liberate Mosul and the city of Raqqa reflect this cooperation and coordination,” he said.

The Emir expressed his aspirations for working together to strengthen strategic partnership in all its dimensions, and concluded: “Together we can face the challenges that surround our region and our world.”