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Saudi Ambassador to Yemen Says Arab Coalition Proved Efficiency in Resolving Aden Crisis

Saudi Ambassador to Yemen Says Arab Coalition Proved Efficiency in Resolving Aden Crisis

Saturday, 10 February, 2018 - 11:00
Saudi Ambassador to Yemen Mohammad Al Jabir, Asharq Al-Awsat

Saudi Ambassador to Yemen Mohammad Al Jabir said on Friday that civilian life in Aden is safe, stable and calm, with all signs of life returning to normal.

He pointed out that recent demands made by a single social strait, which later led to clashes, have been calmed and resolved.

“Aden is not the most volatile now-- I believe there are fronts in which the pro-government forces are significantly advancing with the support of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition, and are registering successive successes.”

Jabir said that Saudi Arabia is home to 10 million foreigners, who live under the rule of law, the way citizens do.

He said that the kingdom is the only country that has provided work visas to Yemenis since the outbreak of the crisis, citing 40,000 work visas issued within eight months.

In an interview on BBC Arabic television yesterday, the Saudi ambassador reviewed the issue of Aden as an extension of the southern issue.

He said that Aden has a long history of debates, disagreements and clashes between its political parties since 1968.

Iran-backed Houthis, who participated in the negotiations, had a desire to destroy peaceful solutions reached by the Yemenis, Jabir added.

Yemenis, led by their internationally-recognized President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, have turned to neighboring countries, namely Saudi Arabia to help in restoring legitimate and constitutional authority to power.

Jabir stressed that there are no disagreements with Abu Dhabi—the UAE is a member of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition.

He said that the UAE is part of the coalition led by Saudi Arabia and plays an effective and excellent role in many Yemeni provinces and supports the national government in many governorates without exception.

The ambassador pointed out that the coalition is "effective" when drawing the roadmap to ending the rising issue in Aden, and hastily settling the dispute.

Also Executive Director of the humanitarian body Isnad, Jabir explained the importance of the comprehensive relief plan going beyond opening up new land and air outlets to expanding and improving roads, developing other seaports, and improving roads for food, humanitarian and commercial convoys.

“We are talking about all parts of Yemen. There are 22 air, land and sea ports--3 seaports located in Houthi-run areas-- and the rest of the seaports are under the control of legitimacy.”

The Arab Coalition presented UN officials a plan that seeks to go beyond simply providing aid. It seeks to improve living conditions in Yemen through implementing development and economic plans. The plan will effectively reach all regions without discrimination, provide safe passages, and improve and develop current ones.

After a series of meetings and studies, the Isnad center was established with the purpose of implementing a comprehensive humanitarian operation throughout Yemen.

The United Nations has since the Houthi coup of September 2014 been operating in Yemen as part of what activists said was a “temporary” plan.

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