“We are not in war against Yemen, we are in war for Yemen, for the sake of Yemen” says Saudi ambassador to Tunisia

“We are not in war against Yemen we are in war for Yemen and for the sake of Yemen”, said Saudi ambassador in Tunis Mohamed bin Mahmoud Al Ali during a meeting with the press held Thursday in the embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Tunis.

The Saudi ambassador noted that the Kingdom of Saudi of Arabia responded to the call of the legitimate president with the collaboration of the United Nations Resolution to resume the legitimate rule in Yemen on one hand and to strive to ensure its security and protect its people from the ongoing assaults of the Houthis and ousted former president Salah, on the other.

He said that the intervention of the alliance is a request of the legitimate Yemeni government which is recognized worldwide and by the United Nations, underlining that despite the UN resolution 2216, Iran and Hizbollah organization went on supporting and arming the Houthi militia.

The Saudi ambassador said that the UN is reporting false data about the war in Yemen since the UN office is in Sanna, under the supervision and the pressure of the Houthis who give false data about the war.

Mohamed bin Mahmoud Al Ali indicated that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has longstanding and exceptional relations with Yemen. For this reason Saudi Arabia has an important role in the development of Yemen, he emphasized.

Besides, he recalled that Yemen has a historical and important  Arab place and contributed in strengthening our Arab and national security but unfortunately in the latest years some external intruders started to jeopardize Yemen stability and security to lead later to an assault of the Saudi land.

The coup of the Houthi on the legitimate government along with its presidents and ministers is unacceptable by the Yemeni people who long for freedom and democracy, he said.

The Saudi ambassador also reminded that there is a military force supported by Iran, aiming to make Yemen part of the Islamic republic of Iran which is doomed to failure.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia under the leadership of King Salman bin Abdelaziz Al Saoud and Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman took a crucial decision to face up this danger which threatens the security and stability of Saudi Arabia and to help the Yemeni people so as to avoid the destruction of their country by the Houthi led by Salah, the ambassador went on saying.

Upon an official request of the legitimate Yemeni President and in alliance with other Arab sisterly countries Saudi Arabia pledges to play a key role in enabling Yemen resume its legitimacy and enjoy freedom and democracy, the ambassador said, underlining that Saudi Arabia and the Arab coalition were able to free over 85 % of the Yemeni lands which are now under the legitimate power. They enjoy security and peace, except few terrorist threats of the houthi militia.

“We will eagerly continue to exert all efforts to save Yemen to resume all the legitimacy until freeing all the Yemeni lands”, Mohamed bin Mahmoud Al Ali concluded.

In turn, ambassador of Yemen in Tunis Abdel Nasser Hassine Ali Bahbib briefed the media, on the current situation in Yemen.

He said that the conflict has its roots in the failure of a political transition supposed to bring stability to Yemen following an uprising that forced the longtime authoritarian president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, to hand over power to Mr Hadi, his deputy, in 2011, in the aftermath of the Arab Spring.

Disillusioned with the transition, many Yemeni people including Sunnis  supported the Houthis who in September 2014 entered the capital, Sanaa, setting up street camps and roadblocks then in January 2015, they reinforced their takeover of Sanaa, surrounding the presidential palace and other key points and effectively.

Alarmed by the rise of a group they believed to be backed militarily by the Islamic Republic of Iran, Saudi Arabia and some other Arab states began an air campaign aimed at restoring Mr.Hadi’s government. The coalition received logistical and intelligence support from the United Nations and other western countries.

The Yemeni ambssador said the political process can only proceed if the UN Security Council resolution 2216, which calls for the houthi militia to withdraw from all areas they control and lay down their arms, is fully implemented.







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