The Attacks against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Statement by Press Secretary OHTAKA Masato)

1. From June 22 to 23 (local time), the Coalition Forces led by the Government of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced that they had intercepted and destroyed several UAVs and missiles launched by the Houthis to Saudi cities including the capital Riyadh.

2. Peace and stability in the Middle East is important for international peace and stability. The Government of Japan strongly denounces continuous cross-border attacks against Saudi Arabia. While the Government of Japan has been engaging in humanitarian assistance in Yemen, the humanitarian situation there is deteriorating with wider spread of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The Government of Japan calls on all parties for immediate ceasefire and early start of dialogue for political solution in Yemen.

3. The Government of Japan remains committed to continuously making efforts, in cooperation with countries concerned, so as to maintain and reinforce peace and stability in the Middle East.

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