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Yemen war not a choice, but imposed: Saudi
March 09, 2018
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LONDON: Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel Bin Ahmed Al Jubeir has said that the war in Yemen is not a war of a choice for Saudi Arabia, but one that was imposed on the Kingdom.

“This is not a war of our choice, but it was imposed on us,” said the Saudi Foreign Minister during a joint press conference in London, which he held alongside British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, on the sidelines of the current visit of the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz to the United Kingdom, reported the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

Jubeir added that the Houthis since the start of the war, have looted more than $4 billion from banks in Yemen and are “working on smuggling and controlling telecommunications companies in order to finance their war.”

The Saudi Minister referred to the Houthi militias as being “non-seriousness in dialogue,” saying that although more than 70 meetings were held, the Houthis were “indifferent” in reaching a solution.

Separately, the Arab foreign ministers have affirmed categorical support for the constitutional legitimacy in Yemen under the leadership of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

This came in a resolution entitled “Developments of situation in Yemen” issued at the end of the 149th regular session of the Arab League Council at the ministerial level on Thursday, under the chairmanship of Saudi Arabia. The ministers backed the measures taken by the legitimate government of Yemen aimed at ending the coup and restoring security and stability to all Yemeni governorates.

The council underlined commitment to preserve Yemen’s unity, sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity and reiterated rejection of any interference in its internal affairs.


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