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Kuwait staunch defender of Arab interests: Yemeni FM

‘Kuwait was and continues to be backer to Yemeni people’

KUWAIT CITY, April 8, (KUNA): Yemeni Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Yamani on Sunday hailed Kuwait’s forceful and energetic defense of Arab interests. Kuwait, despite pressures it faces, always emerges as vigorous and passionate defender of the Arab world and its interests, Al-Yamani told reporters today on the sidelines of his official visit to Kuwait.

In this regard, he highlighted Kuwait’s active and remarkable role in the UN Security Council to support Yemeni interests, defend its legitimate government and promote the pro-legitimacy Arab coalition’s view about developments in Yemen. “Kuwait was and continues to be a backer to the Yemeni people,” Al-Yamani said. He recalled Kuwait’s host of the intra-Yemeni talks in 2016 to help achieve a peaceful solution to the Yemeni crisis.

The Yemeni top diplomat said he has held a series of fruitful talks with Kuwaiti officials today. He noted that he has met His Highness the Deputy Amir and Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al- Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and talked with him about a variety of issues.

During the talks, His Highness the Deputy Amir has reiterated Kuwait’s readiness to offer all required to end the suffering of Yemeni people, Al-Yamani disclosed. He unveiled that the Yemeni and Kuwaiti sides are working to launch a joint committee to boost cooperation in various domains. Al-Yamani also stated that he has discussed with First Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah several issues of common interest.

He revealed that he has mulled with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah cementing cooperation to upgrade Yemeni diplomacy. Al-Yamani touched upon efforts of UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths to achieve peace in Yemen.

The UN envoy is doing a great job, but Houthis are not the ones who accept peace or respect its obligation, he argued. He cited as an example of this Houthi behavior, their failure to fulfil their obligation stipulated in “the first line of the agreement” reached in the UN-mediate talks in Stockholm four months ago, especially the withdrawal of their forces from the city of Hodeidah and Ras Issa areas.

Al-Yamani, however, noted that the Yemeni government has some reservations about Griffiths, which he did not mention, but it supports his efforts because it deeply believes in the UN role is essential for the peaceful path in Yemen. On the government’s vision of the solution, he clarified that the government would not condone the presence of any militia that imposes its agenda on Yemen and the whole region by force.

The war will not stop before Houthi militia hands in their weapons in return for guarantees to accept them as a political party, he laid it bare. He noted that the US administration strongly supports Yemen to face the external interventions and the Iranian expansionist policies.

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