Discussing Yemen’s Future


Stability in Yemen was the focus of a meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, of regional foreign ministers and military chiefs in October 2017. Among the prominent voices urging a peaceful solution to the crisis in Yemen were those of Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi and Jordan Armed Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Mahmoud Freihat. Safadi reiterated Jordan’s support for multinational agreements regarding Yemen, including United Nations Security Council Resolution 2216 and the Gulf Initiative. He noted that the Arab Alliance was created to respond to a request from the legitimate government of Yemen. Jordanian security is linked to that of Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the entire Arabian Gulf, the foreign minister said.

In addition to Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Yemen, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Pakistan, Djibouti, Sudan, Senegal, Morocco and Malaysia also took part in the meeting.

During the trip to Riyadh, Jordanian officials also discussed cooperating with Saudi Arabia on His Royal Highness Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud’s NEOM project, a proposed $500 billion megacity powered by wind and solar energy. Jordanian Minister of State for Media Affairs Mohammad Momani said the project — to cover 26,000 square kilometers of Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt — will improve the economic security of the region.

Sources: Petra news agency, The Jordan Times