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Yemen Denounces Qatar ‘Identifying’ with Iran

Yemen Denounces Qatar ‘Identifying’ with Iran

Wednesday, 1 April, 2020 - 08:30
Yemeni Information Minister Muammar Al-Eryani
Aden – Asharq Al-Awsat

The Yemeni government denounced Qatari “identification” with the Iranian regional project, warning against Doha exploiting Yemen in its row with Saudi Arabia.

Information Minister Muammar Al-Eryani accused Qatar and its state-funded broadcaster Al Jazeera of identifying with the Iranian project in Yemen and Tehran’s proxy, the Houthis.

According to Eryani, Houthis are receiving political and media coverage from Doha.

Warning that history will not forget the bloodshed caused by Iran in Yemen, Eryani advised Qatar to revise its policies and to distance itself from the war in Yemen.

“Brothers in Qatar are mistaken if believed they are immune from the Khomeini revolution and the Iranian expansionist, and in turning Yemen into arena to settle score and disregard difficult political, security, economic and humanitarian conditions of an exhausted country that can’t stand more adventures,” Eryani tweeted.

“We call Qatar and Al-Jazeera, who endorse Iranian project in Yemen and its Houthi proxy, who obtain Doha’s support political and media coverage, to review its policies and distance itself from the Yemeni bloodshed with mullahs, as history will have no mercy on them,” he also tweeted.

Information Ministry Undersecretary Abdelbaset al-Qaadi, for his part, expressed frustration with the Qatari political and media role in supporting Houthi militias. He said that Qatar’s rivalry with Saudi Arabia must not justify Doha’s immorality in the dealing with the Yemeni file.

Qaadi called on Qatar to be reasonable and not side with Houthis, who represent a danger not only to Yemen, but also to everyone in the region.

On Saturday, Saudi Arabia said its air defenses intercepted two ballistic missiles in an attack that Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi group on Sunday said they had launched towards the capital Riyadh and southern areas near the Yemeni border.

The attacks came days after Yemen's warring parties had welcomed a UN call for an immediate truce on Thursday to fight the coronavirus outbreak.

"Two civilians were slightly injured due to the falling of the intercepted missile's debris as it exploded in mid-air over residential districts," in Riyadh, the Saudi state news agency (SPA) reported, citing a Saudi civil defense spokesman, Lt. Colonel Mohammed al-Hammadi.

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