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UAE: Hodeidah Operation Aims to Break Political Deadlock

UAE: Hodeidah Operation Aims to Break Political Deadlock

Thursday, 21 June, 2018 - 08:15
A soldier walks at Red Sea port of Hodeidah, Yemen May 10, 2017. REUTERS/Abduljabbar Zeyad/File Photo
New York– Ali Bardi
The UAE said that the operation to liberate Yemen’s Hodeidah port aimed to “end the deadlock in the political process”, due to the Houthis’ continuous violations of UN Security Council Resolution 2216.

UAE State Minister for International Cooperation Reem Al-Hashemi addressed a letter to the current president of the Security Council, Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia, saying that the operation to liberate Hodeidah, carried out by the Coalition for the Support of Legitimacy in Yemen and the legitimate Yemeni government, was aimed at ending the stalemate in the political process resulting from three years of intransigence and obstruction by the Houthis, and their continued violations of Security Council Resolution 2216.

She added that the UAE “is committed to international humanitarian law and affirms its humanitarian commitment to the Yemeni people, regardless of their location or affiliation.”

The minister noted that the current humanitarian situation in the area was stable, explaining that as the result of collective efforts by UN entities and the Arab coalition, 120 thousand metric tons of food have been stored in Hodeidah.

“This is enough to cover the food needs of 6.6 million people for at least one month,” Hashemi said, quoting the World Food Program (WFP).

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