Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi stressed Thursday the importance of continuing military operations against Houthi militias across the country.
The President’s comments came during a visit to the headquarters of the Joint Command in the Saudi Ministry of Defense.
Hadi and his Vice President (Lt. Gen.) Ali Mohsen Saleh were received by Commander of Joint Forces Lt. Gen. Prince Fahd bin Turki bin Abdulaziz. They later convened a session with senior commanders at the Joint Command to discuss the latest developments in combat operations in the battlefields of Marib, al-Jawf and Sanaa governorates.
From there, they followed up, via video conference, with the commanders in the battlefields represented by the Minister of Defense, Mohammed Ali al-Maqdashi, the Governor of Marib, Commander of Joint Operations Maj. General Sagheer bin Aziz and Commander of Coalition Forces in Marib Maj. Gen. Abdulhameed al-Muzayani.
The Saba news agency said Hadi praised the significant role of the Kingdom in support of Yemen, its security and stability.
“The Saudi-led Arab Coalition is a genuine partner to Yemen in times of peace and war. The Coalition's efforts are deeply appreciated by all Yemeni peoples,” he said.
Meanwhile, the 26 September newspaper quoted Yemeni Army spokesman Brigadier General Abdo Majli as mocking alleged Houthi victories in Nahm, al-Jawf, Sarwah, Bayda’, Taiz and Dhale.
He said the Yemeni Army made an advance in those areas.
“In the Nahm district, east of the capital Sanaa, the National Army managed to regain control of a number of Houthi-controlled areas,” Majli said.
Following battles in Akabat, located between the governorates of Jawf and Marib, the spokesman said the Army was able to take control of positions and force Houthis to flee.
Separately, Yemen's Information Minister said Thursday that alleged Houthi claims of victory in certain areas are an “honest announcement on the demise of the political process in Yemen.”
Muammar al-Eryani said the militias insist on going ahead with their coup plot financed by Iran.