Riyadh pact not concerning Yemenis, proving aggression illegal: Rebels

Sana'a (Debriefer)
2019-11-06 | Since 7 Month

Mohamed Ali al-Houthi

Riyadh Agreement signed Tuesday between the Yemeni internationally-recognized government and the Southern Transitional Council (STC) is not concerning the Yemeni people, but proves illegality of the aggression, the Houthi group said, signaling at the Saudi-led coalition.

"While it has nothing to do with the people, as its two parties are agents for the aggression, the pact verifies that aggression on Yemen is illegitimate," a member of the Houthi Supreme Political Council tweeted Tuesday.

"It is illegitimate to kill and besiege the people in the pretext of restoring the legitimacy," Mohamed Ali al-Houthi added. "Neither is valid the so-called terms of reference or the seventh term, which these agents are proposed to come under without a deal referring to them.

"Having thwarted the Movenpick pact that was achieved under UN umbrella before starting its aggression in the pretext of the GCC Initiative's continual validity, the coalition today confirms officially the inauthenticity" of that pretext, he said.

Saudis and Emiratis are so different that "their militias engaged in infighting. Therefore, the former started pressuring the latter into leaving Yemen .. and positioned itself in place of UAE troops," Houthi official claimed.

They then "imposed a deal with those lacking the will, and saw it an achievement to stop their war in Yemen. If it were for Yemen's interest, and not a result of the difference, the deal would have been accepted and announced without war or repositioning the forces," he added.

On Tuesday, the Yemeni government and the Emirati-backed STC inked the Riyadh pact, in a bid to end conflict between the two parties, following infighting that led to STC's seizure of Aden last August.

The deal was signed in the Riyadh-based Yamama Palace in the presence of the Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman, Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Zayed, and political leaders.

Yemen has been racked by a 4.5-year bloody conflict between the Yemeni internationally-recognized government's forces, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, and the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels who ousted the government in 2014.


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