Background Discussion with Major General Ahmed Asiri

Berlin, 27 September 2016

Major General Ahmed Asiri, Official Spokesman of the Saudi-led Coalition Forces in Yemen and Special Advisor to the Minister of Defense of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, met in Berlin with Members of the German Bundestag, representatives from government agencies and Berlin-based think tanks to talk about the background of the military intervention in Yemen as well as current challenges. According to Major General Asiri the focus should be on preventing a failed state, protecting the population and securing the integrity of borders. He emphasized that the coalition aimed to find a political solution for the Yemeni people. Moreover, the discussion revolved around the intervention’s consequences for the domestic politics of Saudi Arabia.

Körber Foundation regularly invites a small circle of high-ranking actors within Berlin’s foreign policy community to its Political Background Discussions. As in the Bergedorf Round Tables, the discussions take place shielded from the public, so as to enable a confidential, frank, and constructive exchange.

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