Defense Ministry Denies Reports of Troop Movement Towards Yemen

November 25, 2009

The Ministry of Defense and Aviation today denied media reports that the Saudi military was heading towards Yemen.

A Ministry of Defense and Aviation spokesman said orders by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, the supreme commander, are explicitly clear:  “to expel all hostile infiltrators from very inch of Saudi territory without infringing on a single meter of Yemeni territory.”  The spokesman added that “our brethren in Yemen are aware of these orders.”

The Saudi position on non-infringement on the others territories, the spokesman said, is unchanged, “especially as the security of the Republic of Yemen and its sovereignty form an integral part of the security and sovereignty of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries.”  The spokesman called on the press to report the news accurately.