(AA) – Kuwaiti Emir Sabah Ahmed al-Sabah said Saturday that the Arab Spring has brought nothing but instability to the region, warning that Yemen’s Shiite Houthi group was posing a threat to the security of Gulf countries.
“The so-called Arab Spring brought nothing but instability to the region and a drop in development rates,” the Kuwaiti leader told the opening of the 26th Arab summit in Egypt’s Red Sea town of Sharm el-Sheikh.
“I appeal all world countries to extend a helping hand to the Yemeni people to overcome the current situation,” he added.
Saudi Arabia and several Arab allies launched a military offensive against the Houthis in Yemen on Wednesday.
Saudi Arabia said the anti-Houthi campaign was in response to appeals by Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi to “save the people [of Yemen] from the Houthi militias.”
Fractious Yemen has been beset by turmoil since last September, when Shiite militants overran capital Sanaa, from which they have sought to extend their influence to other parts of the country as well.
Some Gulf countries accuse Shiite Iran of supporting Yemen’s Houthi insurgency