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British Efforts for Political Solution in Yemen in Cooperation with Saudi-Led Coalition

British Efforts for Political Solution in Yemen in Cooperation with Saudi-Led Coalition

Tuesday, 23 January, 2018 - 12:45
Houthi militants on a back of a truck in Sana'a. Reuters

British Ambassador to Yemen Simon Shercliff stressed that his country is leading diplomatic efforts to reach a political solution in Yemen in cooperation with the Saudi- led coalition to support legitimacy in Yemen.

Shercliff said that his country is seeking to attract international players to find solutions to achieve peace and cooperate with the coalition forces, in collaboration with the UN Security Council.

He noted that his country continues to provide political support for the military action of the Saudi-led coalition, which was formed at the request of the legitimate Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi to deter the Houthis and restore legitimacy in Yemen.

Shercliff also explained that Britain has been contributing to the alleviation of the humanitarian crisis in Yemen as it has provided more than 250 million dollars, making it the second largest supporter of the UN humanitarian appeal in Yemen.

“Britain has also been urging all parties to facilitate the entry of humanitarian aids quickly and safely,” Shercliff added.

He pointed out that Houthis continue to violate the international law and resolution 2216 through attacking Saudi cities and lands with missiles and threatening the security of maritime navigation in Bab el-Mandeb.

Regarding the will to drop sanctions on the family of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh in the Security Council to enable them to engage in the resistance front against Houthis, Shercliff said, “any UN Security Council resolution on individual sanctions requires the consensus of the international community to cooperate with the parties in the region to have an effect, and the current priority is to urge the concerned parties to return to negotiations and implement the clear requirements of the June 15 Security Council presidential statement.”

That statement, according to the British ambassador, was prepared in cooperation with Britain and shows the concern about the humanitarian situation in Yemen, particularly with regard to the deteriorating health situation, the demand for a return to the UN-led peace negotiations, the unhindered entry of humanitarian aids and the facilitation of access to basic foodstuffs, fuel and medical supplies from the port of Hodeidah.

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