Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (L) meets with Kuwaiti Emir, Sheikh Sabah IV Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah (R) in Kuwait City, Kuwait on 8 December 2016. (Photo credit: Bandar Algaloud / Saudi Royal Council / Handout – Anadolu Agency)
Sheikh Talal Khaled al-Ahmad al-Sabah, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense of Kuwait, reaffirmed his country’s loyalty to Saudi Arabia, describing the security of both nations as “indivisible.”
Kuwaiti state news agency KUNA quoted Al-Sabah as saying that the sacrifices of the Kuwaiti military as well as the military of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states are a “source of pride.”
Al-Sabah was speaking with the head of the Kuwaiti forces which are a part of Saudi Arabia’s so-called Operation Restoration of Hope in Yemen.
Kuwait was militarily involved in the initial stages of the US-backed, Saudi-led war against Yemen under Operation Decisive Storm. However, it eventually pulled back and shifted its focus to diplomatic work, as well as to the so-called Operation Restoration of Hope.
According to an April 2015 report by International Business Times (IBT), Restoration of Hope allegedly seeks to provide humanitarian aid to Yemenis who have been suffering for years under one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world caused by the US-backed, Saudi-led coalition’s bombardment and siege of Yemen.
“Operation Decisive Storm has achieved its goals … removing the threat to Saudi Arabia and neighboring countries,” said an April 2015 statement released by the Saudi state news agency SPA.
“With its end, the new Operation Restoring Hope begins with the following goals: continuing to protect civilians, continuing to fight terrorism, and continuing to facilitate the evacuation of foreign nationals and to intensify relief and medical assistance to the Yemeni people.”
Despite the alleged humanitarian aid of this operation, which involves Kuwaiti personnel, the crisis in Yemen has only become worse.
Undeterred by a two-month long UN-brokered truce, the Saudi-led coalition has only allowed in a handful of emergency fuel ships while restricting the rest, has kept Sanaa International Airport shut down, and has continued to shell Yemeni territory, violating the truce agreement.
The Kuwaiti population consists of nearly 40 percent Shia Muslims, just short of a majority.
On 12 March, Saudi Arabia carried out one of the largest mass executions in its modern history, with 81 people killed. Half of the executed where from the Shia minority populated areas, such as Qatif.
The Saudi government claims the executions were carried out on convicts who held “deviant beliefs, pledging allegiance to foreign organizations.”
According to former British MI6 agent Alastair Crooke, the leadership of Saudi Arabia ascribes to and promotes the ideology of Wahhabism, considered a distortion of Islam by a majority of Muslims.