Yemen’s Chairman of the Presidential Leadership Council (PLC) Rashad al-Alimi has called for backing his country in restoring state institutions and ending the Houthi-led insurgency.
Al-Alimi arrived with five PLC members in Cairo. The Yemeni leader is currently on a regional tour that saw him visiting Kuwait and Bahrain.
In Egypt, al-Alimi held talks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and visited the Egyptian parliament, before attending an Arab League session on Sunday.
During a speech at the Arab League, the PLC Chairman expressed his confidence in “the leading role of the League in advocating and supporting the Yemeni people in coordination with the Arab Coalition, led by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).”
According to al-Alimi, the Arab Coalition had helped in preventing the collapse of the Yemeni state and had bolstered the steadfastness of the front resisting Iranian influence in Yemen and the region.
Al-Alimi stressed the importance of the role of regional organizations and bodies, particularly the Arab League and the GCC. He said that Yemen relies on them in making peace and defending the interests of peoples, along with the UN and the international community.
He said he hoped the mounting pressures on the Iran-backed Houthis would force them to fulfill their obligations under the UN-brokered truce agreement, including opening roads to Taiz and other cities, rescuing the Safer oil tanker to prevent an unaffordable environmental disaster in the Red Sea, releasing prisoners and detainees, and paying salaries of employees in militia-controlled areas.
Al-Alimi renewed his warning of the dangers imposed by “the Iranian regime's backing of the rogue Houthi group.”
He said that Tehran’s support for Houthis threatens the security of the region and international shipping lanes.
“The continuation of the cross-borders attacks constitutes the most dangerous threat to global energy supplies from the neighboring countries that have been very keen on maintaining Yemen’s security, stability, and ending its peoples’ suffering,” al-Alimi said, in reference to Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
He also commended the Arab League’s decision to list the Houthis as a terrorist organization and urged Arab countries to enforce this decision into effect immediately to deter the militia from committing further violations against the Yemeni people.
During his visit to Cairo, the Yemeni president also met with Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Abu Al-Gheit, where they discussed the latest development in the war-torn country.