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Yemen FM to Asharq Al-Awsat: Iran Sanctions Will Halt Arms Smuggling to Houthis

Yemen FM to Asharq Al-Awsat: Iran Sanctions Will Halt Arms Smuggling to Houthis

Wednesday, 31 October, 2018 - 07:30
Yemeni Foreign Minister Khaled al-Yamani. (Reuters)
Jeddah – Saeed al-Abyad
Yemeni Foreign Minister Khaled al-Yamani predicted that the new round of sanctions against Iran, which will go into effect next week, will have a major impact on its expansionist agenda in the region.

He told Asharq Al-Awsat that the sanctions will help curb Tehran’s arms smuggling to the Houthi militias in his country.

“The Iranian people must hold the mullah regime accountable and ask whether it was in Iran’s interest to resolve its people’s problems or pay billions of dollars to the Houthis and so-called Hezbollah party” in Lebanon, he continued.

He stressed that Yemeni diplomacy and the efforts of the Saudi-led Arab coalition are achieving major gains before the international community, which is starting to realize the dangers of Iran’s threats and expansionist agenda.

Isolating Iran will deal a blow to Tehran and its allies, especially in wake of the United States’ support of the legitimacy forces, Yamani added.

Addressing efforts to resolve his country’s crisis, he revealed that President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi will hold talks in November with United Nations special envoy Martin Griffiths to discuss the agenda of next month’s consultations.

The envoy is seeking to hold a new round of consultations between the warring Yemeni parties following a round that was held in Geneva in September.

Yamani told Asharq Al-Awsat that the legitimate government does not know the details of new consultations. It only knows that they are aimed at building trust among the rival parties, which are the same goals that were set during the September talks.

Last month’s consultations failed after the Houthis failed to travel to Geneva.

Yamani said that the government welcomes Griffiths’ efforts and it is ready to take part in the new consultation, but it must first agree to their agenda.

Commenting on the push to liberate the western coastal province of Hodeidah, he refused to link this issue to the consultations.

Backed by the Arab coalition, the national army and popular resistance forces are exerting major efforts on the ground to liberate all of Hodeidah from Houthi clutches, he stressed.

He added that the operation respects international demands that Hodeidah port and the northern highway remain open to humanitarian aid deliveries to regions under Houthis control.

Moreover, he revealed that no pressure has been exerted for the legitimate forces to abort their mission to liberate Yemeni cities.

Addressing the issue of Defense Minister Mahmoud al-Subaihi, who is being detained by the Houthis, he remarked that Oman has been exerting efforts to allow his family to speak to him.

He confirmed that the minister is doing well.

The government and UN special envoy’s office are working on releasing him, he said.

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