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Erdogan: International community responsible for hungry children in Yemen

December 3, 2018 at 12:55 pm

President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan makes a statement as he holds a press conference within the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina on December 01, 2018. ( Murat Kaynak – Anadolu Agency )

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the international community bears the responsibility for the hungry and innocent children in Yemen because it has remained silent.

Speaking to reporters at the end of the G20 summit in the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires, on Saturday, Erdogan said a comprehensive political solution is the only way to achieve lasting peace and stability in Yemen, expressing Turkey’s support for efforts to revive negotiations under the United Nations umbrella.

Erdogan stressed the need to ease the pain of the Yemeni people as soon as possible and preserve the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, adding that the oppressed Yemeni people are left to their fate because their region does not have enough oil wealth.

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The Turkish president hoped that the negotiations between the warring parties later this month in Sweden will succeed in bring peace to Yemen as soon as possible.

Impoverished Yemen has remained in a state of civil war since 2014, when Houthi rebels overran much of the country, including the capital Sana’a.

In 2015, Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies launched a massive air campaign aimed at reversing Houthi military gains and shoring up Yemen’s embattled government.

According to UN officials, more than 10,000 people have been killed in the war, while more than 11 per cent of the country’s population has been displaced.