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Hadi Aide to Asharq Al-Awsat: Legitimacy Committed to Recapturing Hodeidah

Hadi Aide to Asharq Al-Awsat: Legitimacy Committed to Recapturing Hodeidah

Tuesday, 4 December, 2018 - 09:15
Pro-government forces advance on Hodeidah. (AFP)
Jeddah - Saeed al-Abyad
An aide to Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi stressed on Monday that the legitimacy forces were committed to liberating the Hodeidah province from the Iranian-backed Houthi militias.

Yassine Makkawi told Asharq Al-Awsat that international inaction against the militias will only lead to the failure of peace efforts.

Hadi and the legitimate government support these efforts, he stressed.

Moreover, he questioned how international forces could support the Houthis, deeming such a stance as a “dangerous precedent.”

He spoke of international agendas that seek to prolong the war in Yemen, adding that they are exploiting the humanitarian file to achieve those goals. The latest of evidence of this can be seen in Hodeidah.

Makkawi declared that Hodeidah must be liberated in order to restore safety in the region and in international waters.

On the various initiatives that had been proposed on the province, he noted that none of them had taken into consideration the situation on the ground.

Hodeidah must be liberated from the Houthis, he demanded. Yemen will not consent to any pockets of instability on its territory that could threaten the region.

He stressed that Houthis cannot withstand the national army and its advance on the ground.

In addition, Makkawi said that the solution to the crisis lies in the three references.

They are the national dialogue outcomes, United Nations Security Council resolution 2216 and the Gulf initiative.

Respecting these references will push forward the peace process, Makkawi remarked.

The government will not abandon them and will not make any concessions over them, he vowed.

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