November 9, 2009 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir phoned today Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah congratulating him for “victory” over Yemeni rebels on the borders, state media reported.
- Saudi soldiers is seen in the southern province of Jizan, near the border with Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009 (AP)
Bashir was quoted by Sudan official news agency (SUNA) as hailing the Saudi armed forces for “defeating and cleansing the remnants of traitors and outlaws who wanted to undermine the safety and security of the kingdom”.
King Abdullah thanked Bashir for his call and his concern stressing his resolve on sustaining his country’s security and expressed gratitude for “Sudan government and people” for their “honorable” stances towards Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia launched air strikes on rebels in northern Yemen last week after Shi’ite Muslim insurgents crossed the border into the kingdom and said they had taken control of an area called Jabal Dukhan.
The world’s top oil exporter has become increasingly anxious about instability in Yemen, which is facing a Shi’ite insurgency in the north, separatist sentiment in the south and a growing threat from resurgent al Qaeda fighters.
The Yemeni government has accused Iran of backing the rebels.