Prince Mohammed, Prince Khalid discuss military defence matters, strength ties between UAE and Saudi Arabia
Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan and Saudi Vice Minister of Defence Prince Khalid bin Salman held a meeting in the UAE capital to discuss “coordination and joint action in defence and military affairs” the two officials, who spoke late Sunday, also discussed the “challenges” facing the Gulf region and “their implications on the security” of the region. Saudi Arabia and the UAE, key players in a coalition fighting Yemeni rebels, have discussed military cooperation following a positive response by Riyadh to a truce offer from the insurgents. As previously UAE joined the International Maritime Security Construct, an international alliance that aims to protect the safety of maritime navigation and international trade and contribute to the maintenance of international peace and security.
UAE said on Sunday that it supports Saudi Arabia’s efforts to unite Yemen’s southern separatists and the internationally recognised Yemeni government in combating the Houthi rebels. Talks between the government and the Southern Transitional Council started last month in Jeddah as Saudi Arabia pushes to end recent fighting in Yemen’s southern provinces.
“We fully support Saudi Arabia’s significant efforts in carrying out negotiations in Jeddah to confront the Houthi coup,” Dr Anwar Gargash, the UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, said