Saudia Arabia - Launch of a ballistic missile against Riyadh (5 November 2017)


Statement by Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs

France utterly condemns the launch of a ballistic missile from Yemen last night targeted against Riyadh, for which the Houthi rebels claimed responsibility.

This new act of aggression against the Saudi territory deliberately targeted a civilian area. It was intercepted by the kingdom’s air defense forces. However, it reflects once again the danger ballistic missile proliferation poses to the entire region.

France stands alongside Saudi Arabia and reaffirms its full support for the kingdom’s security in the face of the threats confronting it.