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Qatar Accused of Working with Iran to Thwart Int’l Condemnation of Houthis

Qatar Accused of Working with Iran to Thwart Int’l Condemnation of Houthis

Friday, 26 October, 2018 - 06:30
Houthi militias in Sanaa, Yemen. (Reuters)
Jeddah – Saeed al-Abyad
A Yemeni minister accused on Thursday Qatar of seeking to obstruct any UN condemnation of the Iran-backed Houthi militias’ crimes in his country.

Minister of Human Rights Mohammed Askar told Asharq Al-Awsat that Doha was employing its financial and logistic capabilities to hinder such condemnations. It has also struck alliances with a number of agencies that are hostile to the legitimate government.

Moreover, he charged it of paying some $4 million to the a team of experts that had compiled a report on rights violations in Yemen.

The government had accused the experts of being biased against the legitimacy forces and of turning a blind eye to Houthi crimes.

Qatar has struck a strategic partnership with Iran to falsify facts on the ground and the human rights conditions in Yemen, Askar continued.

Tehran is attempting to employ lobbies in Europe and some UN agencies in order to divert their attention from the developments in Yemen and push them to stand against its legitimate government, he added.

Millions of dollars are being paid to fund actions that are directed against the legitimacy and Saudi-led Arab coalition, he revealed.

His ministry is exerting efforts to counter such actions and challenges, he said.

It is clear that the issue is no longer restricted to the Houthis, but a western and regional bloc has emerged to work against the government and Arab coalition, Askar stressed.

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