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Yemen PM: Iran must give peace the ‘green light’

December 14, 2017 at 1:33 pm

Yemeni Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid Bin Daghr visits Marib after the city was rescued from Houthi movement, in Yemen on 15 November, 2016 [Ali Owidha/Andaolu]

The Houthis are not complying with any political solutions without Iranian consent, Yemen’s prime minister said in a meeting with US officials in Saudi Arabia yesterday.

According to the Anadolu Agency, Ahmed Bin Daghr told US Ambassador to Yemen, Matthew Toler: “The Houthi militia will not abide by any political solution to stop the war… unless Iran gives a green light.”

“If the international community is serious about stopping the suffering of our people, it must oppose those who are feeding the war,” Daghr added, referring to Iran.

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Iran is accused of arming the Houthi group with ballistic missiles which were used to target Saudi Arabia last month. In response, Riyadh imposed an air, land and sea blockade in Yemen which is ongoing, exacerbating the humanitarian crisis in the country.

The Houthis have remained in control of the capital Sana’a since late 2014 despite the intervention of a Saudi-led coalition in March 2015 to recapture swaths of northern Yemen.

A political solution has not been found for the conflict with Kuwait and Oman offering to mediate between the warring parties.