EU condemns Houthi attacks against Saudi pipelines

BRUSSELS, The European Union (EU) Thursday “firmly condemned ” the attacks claimed by the Houthis against Saudi oil installations.

Maja Kocijancic, spokesperson for EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, in a statement urged all parties to “exercise maximum restraint and avoid any acts which could contribute to a general escalation.” Houthis claimed drone strikes that shut a key oil pipeline in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, according to media reports.

The EU spokesperson noted that a first unilateral withdrawal of Houthi forces from the three Red Sea ports was declared effective by the UN Mission for the Hodeidah Agreement (UNMHA). “We have finally witnessed the first signs of tangible progress towards the implementation of the December 2018 Stockholm Agreement in Yemen, which is a crucial step to move the process forward towards inclusive political negotiations,” she said .

The EU expects all parties to fulfil their respective commitments and engage with the UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths and the UNMHA in a constructive spirit, to achieve a comprehensive political agreement that remains the only option to put an end to this war, she added.

Source: Kuwait News Agency