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NEW YORK: The failure of the international community to take decisive action to counter Houthi terrorist activities in Yemen has emboldened the Iran-backed militia to attack the Yemeni people and threaten peace and security in the region and beyond, said Saudi Arabia’s permanent vice president. said its representative to the UN on Wednesday.

Mohammed Abdulaziz Alateek told the Security Council that the Kingdom reserves the right to “take any necessary measures in accordance with international law” to respond to the Houthis’ aggression. It came two days after a deadly attack on neighboring Abu Dhabi by the militia.

The envoy said the UAE authorities have the Kingdom’s full support “as they address any threat to their stability and security”, and called on the international community “to confront the Houthi terrorist militias “.

The ministerial-level meeting was convened by Norway, which holds the Security Council presidency this month, to discuss the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian issue.

Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, Mohammed Abdulaziz Alateek. (SPA)

Alateek said Tehran supports the Houthis “day in and day out” and added, “These terrorist militias continue to disregard the aspirations of the Yemeni people and threaten regional and international peace and security.

“An example of this is their violation and threats to international shipping and their use of Yemeni civilian facilities and ports to undermine regional security and attack civilians in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.”

On Monday this week, three people were killed and six injured in a drone strike on a key oil facility in the Emirati capital, and another fire was started at Abu Dhabi International Airport. The Houthis claimed responsibility for the attacks, which were immediately condemned around the world.

Last Friday, the Security Council unanimously condemned another hostile act by the Houthis, the January 3 seizure of the United Arab Emirates-flagged vessel Rwabee in the Red Sea off the coast of Yemen and the detention of its crew. .

In a UK-drafted statement, the council members demanded the immediate release of the ship and those on board, and urged the Houthis to ensure the safety and well-being of the crew.

Civilian targets in Saudi Arabia have also been repeatedly attacked by Houthi-launched drone and missile strikes.

Highlighting the Saudi peace initiative to end the conflict in Yemen, Alateek called on the international community and the Security Council to “take all necessary measures against these terrorist militias who are hindering peace and any attempt to reach a political solution. sponsored by the UN in accordance with resolution 2216, the Gulf Initiative and the results of the National Dialogue.

Regarding the crisis in Lebanon, Alateek reaffirmed Saudi Arabia’s support for the people of the country and urged the Lebanese authorities to prioritize “their people, to meet their aspirations for security, stability and welfare, and to end Hezbollah’s terrorist control of the state”. .”

On the Palestinian issue, Alateek said Riyadh remains committed to ending the occupation, establishing an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital, and ensuring the return of Palestinian refugees to their homes.

“We emphasize that a comprehensive and lasting peace in the Middle East is a strategic choice to end one of the most protracted conflicts in our modern history, based on the two-state solution and the international terms of reference. , as well as the 2022 Arab Peace Initiative,” he said.

“All these initiatives call for the establishment of the Palestinian state along the borders of June 4, 1967, with Jerusalem as its capital, the return of refugees and the end of the Israeli occupation of all Arab territories, including the Golan Heights. Syrian and Lebanese territories. territories”.

Alateek accused Israel of continuing to “violate international laws and norms in the occupied Palestinian territories, committing the most heinous forms of injustice and aggression against the Palestinian people”.

He called on the Security Council and the wider international community to assume their responsibilities towards the Palestinians by “guaranteeing justice,

realize the aspirations of the Palestinian people to establish their own independent state, as guaranteed by international law, and firmly address Israeli violations of international law and relevant UN resolutions.