UAE Minister of State Sheikh Shakhbut bin Nahyan Al Nahyan reiterated his country’s call on the international community to take decisive and serious steps to pressure the Houthi terrorist group.
Sheikh Shakhbut stressed that the international community must consider the reasons that led to the deteriorating situation in Yemen.
He cited several major reasons, including the group’s rejection of any political settlement, refusal to sit with the United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen and discarding negotiations as the only means to achieve peace.
The Minister lauded the UN Security Council’s terrorist designation of the Iran-backed Houthi militias, as well as the UN expert team’s documentation of many Houthi violations.
He made his remarks during a high-level pledging event on the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen, co-chaired by the Swedish and Swiss governments, as well as the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Ministers from a dozen countries and representatives of international organizations and NGOs took part in the event, which was held in a hybrid format in Geneva.
Sheikh Shakhbut underlined the impact of the group’s terrorist acts on Yemenis, especially children, who are being recruited to fight in battles, in addition to its hindering of aid delivery to the citizens and brutal attacks on civilians in Yemen and abroad.
“As a result of this blatant intransigence and blatant violation of the international law, the war has continued, adding to the suffering of the Yemeni people,” Sheikh Shakhbut stated.
The United Arab Emirates supports the UN efforts to provide basic needs for Yemenis, he affirmed, noting that it intends to work with relevant parties and international partners to accelerate the recovery and development in the war-torn country.
Since 2015, the UAE has provided Yemen with over $6.3 billion in foreign aid, focusing on the provision of food, health services and water, in addition to ensuring the continuity of providing public services, such as education and electricity, especially to the most vulnerable segments of society, particularly women and children.