Saudi closes embassy in Yemen

Published February 14th, 2015 - 05:55 GMT
According to the Saudi Foreign Ministry, Saudi Arabic closed its embassy "due to the deteriorating security and political situation in the Yemeni capital." (AFP/File)
According to the Saudi Foreign Ministry, Saudi Arabic closed its embassy "due to the deteriorating security and political situation in the Yemeni capital." (AFP/File)

Saudi Arabia has suspended the activities of its embassy in Yemen after the United States and a number of European countries shut their embassies in the Arab country where the Ansarullah revolutionaries have taken control of the capital, Sana’a.

"Due to the deteriorating security and political situation in the Yemeni capital, Saudi Arabia has suspended all embassy operations in Sana'a,” the Saudi Foreign Ministry said in a statement carried by the official SPA news agency.

The statement further noted that Saudi Arabia, as the first Arab country, has “evacuated all its staff” from the embassy and that its diplomats “have arrived safely in the kingdom."

Earlier in the day, Italy and Germany temporarily shut their embassies in Yemen after a similar move by the US, Britain and France over what they call security concerns.

On Friday, the Italian Foreign Ministry issued a statement, saying the country’s ambassador and staff are returning home from Italy's embassy in Yemen.

The ministry further expressed hope that through mediation of the UN special envoy to Sana’a, Jamal Benomar, security would be restored to Yemen in order to pave the way for the reopening of its embassy in Sana’a.

In the same vein, Germany’s ambassador and its diplomatic staff in Sana’a left Yemen on Friday.


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