Tabuk / Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat – Saudi Arabian Assistant Minister of Defense, Minister of Aviation, and Inspector General for Military Affairs, Prince Khalid Bin Sultan Bin Abdulaziz, described the events that are currently taking place in Yemen as being “regrettable.” During a pres conference in Tabuk following Prince Sultan’s patronage of the 4th Conference for the Military Courts and Councils of the North Western Military Region, he told journalists that he hoped that the current incidents in Yemen will end in the best interests of the Yemeni people.
The Saudi Arabian Assistant Minister of Defense stressed that Saudi Arabia is always ready for all circumstances, particularly with regards to national stability and the security of its borders. He also expressed hope that reason and prudence would prevail in Yemen to help the country overcome the political crisis that it is facing.
In response to a question as to whether Saudi Arabia is concerned about the political differences in Iran, and whether this could affect stability in the region, Prince Khalid Bin Sultan stressed that he was extremely confident that the Saudi leadership would be able to tackle any developments. He stressed that Riyadh takes all accounts into consideration, seeks prudence with its regional neighbors, and is keen to bring security and prosperity to the region.
Prince Khalid Bin Sultan also revealed that Saudi Arabian military units based in the North Western province have been deployed to the Eastern Province as part of a mission to support the Gulf Cooperation Council’s Peninsula Shield force, adding that this decision was taken by the GCC leadership.