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Yemeni Official: The Situation in Iran Will Negatively Affect Houthis

Yemeni Official: The Situation in Iran Will Negatively Affect Houthis

Thursday, 4 January, 2018 - 09:45
Ambassadors and military attaches from the countries of the Arab Coalition supporting the legitimacy in Yemen pose for a group photo following their meeting in Riyadh on Wednesday. (SPA)

The current situation inside Iran will undoubtedly reflect negatively on Houthi militias in Yemen, with the Iranian regime being their main supporter, according to Yemeni ambassador to Saudi Arabia Shaya al-Zindani.

The legitimate government counts on the Yemeni people, said the ambassador, adding: "It is only natural that we count on our people and their will of living, and certainly the unrest inside Iran will negatively reflect on the militias situation since Iran is their main backer.”

Zindani was speaking after the meeting of the Arab ambassadors and military attaches who reviewed the latest developments in Yemen and the ongoing efforts of the Arab Coalition supporting legitimacy.

Zindani explained that the Arab alliance was established upon the request of President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi to help Yemen and its people, highlighting the crucial role of Saudi Arabia.

"Certainly war was not a demand, and it came as the result of a coup against the legitimate authority in Yemen. We believe that the main task of the coalition is to support the restoration of the legitimate government in Yemen," said the ambassador adding that the government appreciates the efforts of the coalition.

"It is not the responsibility of individual countries, but a collective responsibility for each of the countries in the coalition," confirmed Zindani.

The Yemeni ambassador pointed out that all the indicators confirm that victory is near. "Yemen’s stability and security represent the stability of the region. Experience has shown that there is an expansion project targeting all countries of the region," said the ambassador.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Saudi ambassador to Yemen Mohammad Al Jaber stated that the ambassadors discussed military, political and humanitarian aspects, as well as the Iranian support for Houthi militias and their ongoing aggression against Yemeni people and Saudi Arabia.

He added that Iran continues to supply Houthis with ballistic missiles ranging from 600 km to 1000 km, as a result of Iran's smuggling missile parts through Hodeidah port. Afterwards, Iranian and Hezbollah experts assemble the missiles in Saada and Sanaa.

Jaber pointed out that the participants stressed the importance of a political solution based on the three references: the Gulf initiative, the outcomes of the comprehensive national dialogue and Security Council Resolution 2216.

The Saudi ambassador stated that the meeting also discussed certain Houthi organizations that work with the United Nations in Sanaa and some Yemeni regions and report false information in a way that "appears to be correct and UN organizations take this information seriously."

Spokesman Colonel Turki al-Maliki also spoke after the meeting and reported the achievements of the coalition on all axes and fronts, adding that al-Shabwa was completely liberated last week.

He reported that the leadership of the coalition contacted many leaders in the Republican Guard for military and security purposes, but refused to give further details.

“We renew the invitation to all members of the General People's Congress or those of the Republican Guard who wish to join the legitimacy and we will secure their movement inside or outside Yemen," he concluded.

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