CAIRO, Egypt- Saudi Arabia is still committed to the unity, sovereignty and stability of Yemen, through its support of the Yemeni legitimate government, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said.

The top Saudi diplomat made the remarks, during a meeting of Arab foreign ministers, at the Arab League (AL) headquarters in Cairo.

Al-Jubeir reaffirmed his country's cooperation with the efforts by the UN envoy to Yemen, "as long as they are in line with the Gulf initiative, its implementation mechanisms, the output of the Yemeni national dialogue and the UN Security Council Resolution 2216." He also accused the Iran-backed Houthi fighters in Yemen, of rejecting any political settlement to the Yemeni crisis, citing their absence at a recent UN-sponsored meeting for peace talks in Geneva.

Saeed al-Lawindi, a researcher at Cairo-based Al-Ahram Centre for Political and Strategic Studies, said that, the Houthis' absence at the Geneva meeting is in favour of some Western states, that seek to sustain the conflict, so as to secure their own interests.

"Some Western states benefit from the ongoing war in Yemen, as they make arm deals with engaged states, particularly Saudi Arabia, and so the Houthis' appearance in the Geneva conference would not be in their favour," al-Lawindi told Xinhua, in an interview.

Yemen has been ravaged by a civil war, since the Houthi rebels, who forced the internationally-recognised President, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, to exile, seized most of the Yemeni northern provinces in Sept, 2014, including the capital Sanaa.


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