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Yemen FM: Biden's Visit Presents Opportunity to Achieve Consensus on Yemen Crisis

Yemen FM: Biden's Visit Presents Opportunity to Achieve Consensus on Yemen Crisis

Thursday, 14 July, 2022 - 09:00
Yemeni Foreign Minister Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak (Asharq Al-Awsat)

Yemeni Foreign Minister Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak considered the upcoming visit of US President Joe Biden to Saudi Arabia an opportunity to achieve regional and international consensus that would be reflected in resolving the Yemeni crisis.

“We look at the visit positively, hoping that the US administration will renew its position in support of the stability and security of the region in general and Yemen in particular,” said bin Mubarak.

“The visit constitutes an opportunity to achieve regional-international consensus on the Yemeni issue, in light of the recent developments and the continuation of the coup militias to obstruct the path of the UN truce,” he added.

In an exclusive interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, Mubarak stressed that the only way to ensure stability and security requires stopping Iranian meddling in Yemen.

“To ensure the stability of energy markets in the world, the region must be stable, and here we are talking especially about Yemen,” said bin Mubarak.

“It is not possible to talk about the stability of the region and the world, and the guarantee of the flow of energy and food supplies, in light of the clear Iranian interference and support for the Houthi militias threatening international shipping lanes,” he added.

“We believe that stopping the Iranian regime's interference in Yemen is the only way to establish peace and stability,” asserted bin Mubarak.

He also noted that Yemen doesn’t need more initiatives, but rather needs existing ones to be implemented.

The top Yemeni diplomat also doubted the truce with the militias would last, especially that the Iran-backed group has already failed to fulfill its commitments and chose to escalate on several fronts.

Mubarak described Yemen-US relations as “strategic.”

Yemen’s ties with Washington do not stop at combating terrorism only, but also go beyond that to support building Yemeni institutions, providing humanitarian aid, and supporting the Yemeni people in various crises and stages, affirmed the foreign minister.

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