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RIYADH, July 14, 2018 (MENA) - Spokesman for the Saudi-led Arab coalition to restore legitimacy in Yemen Col. Turki Al-Maliki stated that the Royal Saudi Air Defense intercepted a ballistic missile by the Houthi militia from Sa'ada governorate towards the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Col. Al-Maliki said that the missile was launched deliberately to target densely populated areas in Najran.

The Royal Saudi Air Defense forces managed to intercept the missile and destroy it, resulting in the fall of fragments throughout some residential areas but no damage was caused, according to Al-Maliki.

BRUSSELS, July 14, 2018 (MENA) - Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir said on Saturday Iran should realize that the world will not allow it to have nuclear weapon.

In statements to Al Arabiya al Hadath channel on the fringe of the NATO anti-Daesh meeting in Brussels, Jubeir affirmed his country's support for US President Donald Trump's decision to pull out form the nuclear deal with Iran.

"Iran should be aware that seclusion and pressure would likely mount if it didn't change its hostile policies," the Saudi top diplomat warned.

BRUSSELS, July 13, 2018 (MENA) - Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir met at the headquarters of the European Parliament with European Parliament members, according to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

The Saudi minister conferred with Vice-Chair of the Special Committee on Terrorism Geoffrey van Orden; Coordinator of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament Fleckenstein Knut; Member of the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs Mario Borghezio; and European Parliament member Rachida Dati.

During the meetings, a number of issues of common interest as well as aspects of cooperation between Saudi Arabia and the European Union were discussed.

UNITED NATIONS, July 7, 2018 (News Wires) - Saudi Arabia donated $530.4 million as part of the UN’s Humanitarian Response Plan for Yemen in 2018.

A report, issued by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, said on Saturday that the Kingdom donated the largest sum of the total $1.54 billion donated by several countries.

Countries, who were not part of the Humanitarian Response Plan for Yemen, also donated $196 million out of the total $466.4 million.

The report showed the humanitarian response plan had the highest percentage of food security, agriculture, health, water, hygiene and sanitation, health, nutrition, education, shelter, and others.

The plan is the largest mission launched by humanitarian agencies for Yemen, whose goals include saving lives, protecting civilians, promoting equitable access to aid, and ensuring that humanitarian agencies aid sustainability.

In line with the Humanitarian Response Plan, the Comprehensive Humanitarian Operations in Yemen continued to facilitate and contribute to the delivery of aid from international organizations and humanitarian institutions to Yemen.

CAIRO, July 3, 2018 (MENA) - Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark received at the Abbasiya-based Coptic Orthodox Cathedral on Tuesday Saudi Ambassador to Egypt Osama Nugali.

Spokesman for the Orthodox Coptic Church Polis Halim said the meeting dealt with issues of mutual concern which reaffirm the depth of relations between the two sides.

The meeting was attended by a number of clergymen.

 


DUBAI, July 1, 2018 (Reuters) - Iran has asked fellow OPEC members to “refrain from any unilateral measures”, warning that would undermine the unity of OPEC, following reports that Saudi Arabia has raised its oil production to a record high this month.

As Tehran seeks ways to counter U.S. sanctions that would restrict its exports and eat into its market share, Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh wrote to his UAE counterpart, Suhail al-Mazrouei, who holds the OPEC presidency in 2018, urging him to remind OPEC members to adhere to last month’s agreement.

“Any increase in the production by any member country beyond commitments stipulated in OPEC’s decisions ... would constitute breach of the agreement,” Zanganeh wrote in the letter seen by Reuters and reported by Iranian state media.

“I hereby request your excellency to remind OPEC member countries to adhere to their commitments ... refrain from any unilateral measures undermining the unity and independence of the OPEC,” he added.

OPEC agreed with Russia and other oil-producing allies on June 23 to raise output from July, with Saudi Arabia pledging a “measurable” supply boost, but giving no specific numbers.

OPEC and non-OPEC countries said they would raise supply by returning to 100 percent compliance with previously agreed output cuts, after months of underproduction. That would be roughly 1 million barrels per day of crude oil output increase according to OPEC officials.

But since then sources familiar with Saudi oil thinking have briefed the market about an imminent rise in Saudi output to a record. Last week, a source told Reuters that Saudi output would rise to 11 million bpd in July, a whole 1 million bpd above May.

Iran had been pushing hard for oil producers to hold output steady as U.S. sanctions are expected to hit its exports.

But Saudi Arabia, OPEC’s biggest producer, was keen to raise output to meet calls from U.S President Donald Trump and major consumers such as India and China to help cool oil prices and avoid shortages, according to Saudi officials including Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih.

Non-OPEC Russia, meanwhile, was under pressure from its own energy companies to lift caps on output and fight a steep rise in domestic fuel prices that was hurting President Vladimir Putin’s popularity, Russian sources have said.

In the end, Saudi Arabia and Russia pushed through a rise of about 1 million bpd at the Vienna meeting.

Washington said last week it was asking customers in Asia and Europe to reduce Iranian oil purchases to zero from November, and that it will not grant any waivers to sanctions.

In his letter, Zanganeh said that unilateral decisions by some OPEC members were weakening the exporting group and that OPEC should not let others take political measures against the group’s unity and independence.

“Any unilateral production increase beyond member countries’ commitments under the OPEC’s decisions would prompt U.S. to take actions against Iran,” he wrote.

“OPEC decisions by no means warrant any action by some of its member countries in pursuit of the call for production increase by the U.S., politically motivated against Iran and publicly declared.”

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