World Bulletin / News Desk
Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz on Sunday delegated Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef to attend a U.S.-Gulf summit that will be held in the U.S. later this week.
Prince Nayef will lead the Gulf state's delegation at the two-day summit, which will kick off on Thursday, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir was quoted as saying by the official Saudi news agency.
Al-Jubeir said King Salman would not attend the summit due to his preoccupation with the ongoing military campaign against Yemen's Houthi group, which Saudi Arabia and several Gulf-Arab allies launched in late March.
"King Salman is keen on achieving peace and security in Yemen and on ensuring that the Yemeni people are receiving urgent humanitarian aid," al-Jubeir said.
U.S. President Barack Obama is scheduled to receive the leaders of the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council in the White House and in Camp David on May 13 and May 14 respectively to discuss means of "deepening security cooperation," according to a recent statement by the White House.
Earlier on Sunday, the Houthis agreed to a five-day humanitarian truce in Yemen offered by al-Jubeir and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during their meeting in Saudi capital Riyadh on Friday.
Fractious Yemen has remained in turmoil since last September, when the Houthis overran capital Sanaa, from which they sought to extend their influence to other parts of the country.
On March 25, Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies began an extensive military campaign targeting Houthi positions across Yemen.
Riyadh says its air campaign comes in response to appeals by Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi for military intervention against the Houthis.Last Mod: 10 Mayıs 2015, 22:35