Yemen’s Islah Party Says Riyadh Meeting Aids in Freeing Country from Iranian Militias

Yemen’s Islah Party Says Riyadh Meeting Aids in Freeing Country from Iranian Militias

Friday, 15 December, 2017 - 10:30
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan met in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Wednesday (SPA)
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Mohammad al Yadoomi, head of the Yemeni Congregation for Reform, otherwise called al-Islah party, described his Wednesday meeting with Saudi and Abu Dhabi crown princes as exceptional and a step closer towards freeing Yemen from the influence of Iran-backed militias.

Yadoomi told Asharq Al-Awsat in a phone call interview that the visit served in erasing doubts had by the reformist party.

Thanking both Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan for their countries’ efforts into reaching a solution in Yemen, Yadoomi said that the visit cleared up the overall picture.

When asked about his party’s role in the coming stage, Yadoomi stressed that it will carry on delivering the same message it always did.

"The party will stand with the people. It is also a major supporter of upholding legitimate authority led by Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi,” he said.

"The situation in Sana’a is tragic for the civilians-- Houthi militias have subjected them to isolation, abuse and criminal acts.”

In a statement issued by al-Islah, the party praised the historic role played by the Arab Coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE in Yemen, in terms of backing the war-torn country’s security, unity and stability.

The statement also labeled Saudi Arabia and the UAE as integral parties to sustaining security and stability for the Arab region in general and Gulf states in particular.

The statement stressed the importance of the role of the Arab coalition in supporting political legitimacy and state institutions in Yemen, and efforts to countering Iranian expansionist ambitions.

For his part, Yadoomi personally showed gratitude towards efforts exerted by the Saudi-led Arab Coalition.

The meeting between the crown princes and the head of the al-Islah party reflects Saudi keenness to unite all parties in Yemen with coalition countries to support legitimacy in Yemen.

Since Iran-backed militias overran the internationally-recognized government headed by Hadi, Saudi Arabia ensured playing a pivotal role in protecting the Yemeni people from crimes committed by Houthi militias.

Saudi Arabia has been quick to provide support and assistance to all Yemeni national sectors devastated by coup militias, which include "health, environment and economy."

Over the course of two years, Saudi Arabia has spent at least $8 billion in humanitarian relief, development and government assistance.

More so, Saudi aid programs have undertook the direct care and rehabilitation efforts of over 2,000 Yemeni children who were recruited by Houthi militias and dispatched to fight zones. 

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