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17 Houthi Journalists in Sweden, Pro-legitimate Govt. Media Absented

17 Houthi Journalists in Sweden, Pro-legitimate Govt. Media Absented

Friday, 7 December, 2018 - 07:30
Swedish Foreign minister Margot Wallstrom, UN envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths and delegates attend the opening press conference on UN.-sponsored peace talks for Yemen at Johannesberg castle, in Rimbo, Sweden. TT News Agency/via REUTERS
Cairo - Ali Rabie
Yemeni politicians and media personnel have accused United Nations envoy to Yemen Martin Griffith of absenting pro-legitimate government media from the talks in Sweden as he continues to pamper the Houthi group through carrying 17 Houthi journalists with him from Sanaa.

The absence of Yemeni journalists from the talks raged Yemenis who accused the government of failing to prepare for the consultations. This prompted Minister of Information Moammar al-Eryani to clarify what happened and blame it on the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen.

Eryani stated that the office rejected sending an official media delegation to Sweden.

In his tweets, the minister said the official Yemeni delegation addressed the office and stressed the necessity of engaging the official media and official news agency Saba, as well as an elite of journalists, to cover the talks in Sweden between the legitimate government and the Iranian-supported Houthi militia.

He added that their request was officially rejected under the pretext that legitimate delegation personnel should not exceed the current number, composed of 12 representatives and five secretariats. The government delegation abided by this condition, however, the Houthi delegation arrived in Sweden with more than 42 persons.

It was obvious during the opening of the talks the remarkable presence of the Houthi media including Almasirah Houthi channel, while pro-legitimate government media was totally absent.

Muhammad Musa al-Amri, a member of the Yemeni delegation and adviser of Yemeni president, described this action as unjust and demanded the mistake to be correct. He added that the government delegation committed to the specified number and said the situation should be fixed, otherwise it's a failure in the course of justice.

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