UN / SAUDI ARABIA YEMEN

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Saudi ambassador Abdallah Al-Mouallimi said his country thinks it has “a good idea” of the perpetrators behind cyberattacks on its petrochemical facilities adding that it was a “continuation of the kind of terrorism that the regime in Iran is sponsoring in the region, including cyber-terrorism.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 15 MARCH 2018, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

15 MARCH 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Saudi and Yemeni ambassadors at stakeout
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, Permanent Representative of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations:
“We think we have a good idea who the perpetrators are; we have been under attack from Iran in cyberspace for many years now including our oil installations and oil facilities. And this a continuation of the kind of terrorism that the regime in Iran is sponsoring in the region, including cyber-terrorism.”
4. Wide shot, Saudi and Yemeni ambassadors at stakeout
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, Permanent Representative of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations:
“The needless death of children and the suffering of the Yemeni people is caused by the rebels, by the Houthi rebels, who have highjacked the country; who have taken over the state institutions by force outside the scope of the legitimacy, outside the scope of what was agreed by the Houthis themselves. That is what is causing suffering to the Yemeni people.”
6. Med shot, Yemeni ambassador listening to question
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Khaled Hussein Mohamed Alyemany, Permanent Representative of Yemen to the United Nations:
“We need some sort of UN presence of UNVIM (UN Verification and Inspection Mechanism for Yemen) extension to the Sanaa airport so that we can be confident that operations are going into the normal daily commercial and transit of people. But, we doubt… It’s a rebel taking control of the airport. You can imagine what they will do with that. That’s why we cannot accept to open it for commercial business, but for humanitarian, we are open; and it is operational now.”
8. Pan right, Saudi and Yemeni ambassadors leaving stakeout

STORYLINE:

Saudi ambassador Abdallah Al-Mouallimi said today (15 Mar) his country thinks it has “a good idea” of the perpetrators behind cyberattacks on its petrochemical facilities adding that it was “a continuation of the kind of terrorism that the regime in Iran is sponsoring in the region, including cyber-terrorism.”

In response to a question about media reports of Saudi petrochemical facilities being targeted by cyberattacks, Al-Mouallimi said investigations were under way and Saudi authorities would soon provide evidence to the international community. He said Saudi Arabia had been “under attack from Iran in cyberspace for many years now including our oil installations and oil facilities.” He added, “this a continuation of the kind of terrorism that the regime in Iran is sponsoring in the region, including cyber-terrorism.”

On Yemen, the Saudi ambassador welcomed a Presidential Statement issued this morning by the Security Council which he said reflected the Council’s commitment to the situation there. He said the statement condemned the ballistic missiles launched by Houthis against Saudi Arabia and called on countries to respect the arms embargo against the rebel group.

Asked about the deaths of civilians in the Yemeni conflict, Al-Mouallimi said the “needless death of children and the suffering of the Yemeni people is caused by the rebels, by the Houthi rebels, who have hijacked the country; who have taken over the state institutions by force outside the scope of the legitimacy, outside the scope of what was agreed by the Houthis themselves. That is what is causing suffering to the Yemeni people.”

The Saudi ambassador said his country was committed to the humanitarian effort in Yemen with its new initiatives as recognized by the Security Council’s press statement and expected that the results of those efforts would have a positive impact on the ground.

Yemeni ambassador Khaled Alyemany said air and sea ports in Yemen could not be left under the control of Houthi rebels. He stressed the need to strengthen the UN Verification and Inspection Mechanism for Yemen (UNVIM) and to extend its presence to Sanaa airport before it could be open for commercial purposes. He said one could “imagine” what the Houthis would do with control over a fully operational airport. He added, “That’s why we cannot accept to open it for commercial business, but for humanitarian, we are open; and it is operational now.”
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