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Yemeni Ambassador calls on Russia, US to urge Houthis to join peace talks

Yemeni Ambassador calls on Russia, US to urge Houthis to join peace talks

05 October 2018 Friday 07:47
Yemeni Ambassador calls on Russia, US to urge Houthis to join peace talks

WASHINGTON (Sputnik)

Russia and the United States should have a unified and tough message to the Yemeni rebel Houthi movement, calling on it to sit at the negotiating table, Ambassador of Yemen to the United States Ahmed Awad Bin Mubarak told Sputnik.

"I think they [Russia and the United States] need to keep a unified strong message to the Houthis that there is no compromises, the only way to resolve the Yemeni problem is the Security Council resolution, they have to come to the table, and that they will not accept any excuses from them… I think having this unified strong message from Russia and the United States is very important," Mubarak said.

Yemen is grateful to Russia for its support for the country's legitimate government and for unifying the world around one position on the Yemeni issue, Ambassador of Yemen told Sputnik.

"We appreciate the Russian support to the legitimate government and their understanding for the main causes. I think they know more than others the roots of the problem in Yemen… We do appreciate all the support to the special envoy [of the United Nations, Martin Griffiths] and also to the Yemeni government and also pushing the international community and unifying international voice towards one opinion," Mubarak said.

The ambassador noted that Yemen would appreciate more aid and more economic contribution from Russia.

"I think that will be highly appreciated, open up Russia for the Yemeni students and give hope to the Yemeni young people, I think that is something will be very positive. In the end, the problem in Yemen is economical, I think finding jobs for Yemenis, opportunities, open up window for Yemenis to travel and to exchange thoughts, I think this is the only way how to defeat the extremist ideology," the diplomat suggested.

When asked whether he has had any meetings with Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov, Mubarak said he would love to hold talks with the Russian diplomat but had not yet been lucky to do that.

Russia's Deputy Envoy to United Nations Vladimir Safronkov said in September that Russia would continue providing humanitarian assistance to the people of Yemen both in the north and in the south of the war-torn country.

The Yemeni Ambassador said that the United States' support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen is vital and will help decrease the number of casualties in the military conflict facing the Middle Eastern country.

"Yes, for sure… We believe that keeping this support from the United States to the coalition is crucial, it is very important. I think they are serving the Yemeni aims… And also, if we are talking about the casualties, I think having the United States involved, I think, this will reduce the number of casualties," Mubarak said, when asked whether Washington should continue supporting the coalition.

In August, US Defense Secretary James Mattis said that Washington was reviewing its support to the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen following media reports that the Pentagon could withdraw its backing for operations against the Houthi rebels in the Middle Eastern country. Mattis said US support was not unconditional, adding that in order to receive assistance, the Saudi-led coalition must do everything possible to prevent loss of civilian lives and support the UN-brokered peace process.

Asked to comment on the United States reviewing its support for the coalition, Mubarak said, that the Yemeni authorities had heard about it a long time ago.

"Long time ago they said that, and again, I think there is strategic interest between the Saudis and the Americans. I think the new administration they know exactly what does mean Houthis having power in Yemen and controlling the Bab el Mandeb Strait, threatening international maritime, and affecting the entire security and stability of region and the world. So, I think that it's for the sake of the American interest not to let Houthis succeed in Yemen and to defeat the Iranian rule in Yemen," the ambassador insisted.

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