Saudi analyst rules out Kingdom consent to prisoner swap with Houthis

Riyadh (Debriefer)
2020-03-29 | Since 3 Month

Shahir al-Nahari

Saudi Arabia will unlikely accept the prisoner swap deal offered by the Houthi leader, Saudi political analyst said Saturday.

On Thursday, Abdulmalik al-Houthi offered to release Saudi pilot and officers detained by the group, in return for a Saudi release of Hamas members detain by the Kingdom.

But "Riyadh won't agree to such conditions included in the deal announced by Ansar Allah group," the Saudi writer Shahir al-Nahari added in remarks to the Sputnik International.

It is "illogic. A [prisoner] swap should not include trading or outbidding. It should be carried out in a way accepted by both parties," he argued.

Al-Nahari's expectation has been corroborated by remarks of the Yemeni information minister, Moammar al-Eryani, who dubbed the Houthi offer as "trading with no indication to what happens on the ground in Yemen."

According to Nahari, "Iran still interferes through its arms; Hezbollah and Hamas."

Minister Eryani said Hamas acceptance "provokes Yemenis feelings and proves the movement's involvement in acts as a tool of the Iranian project that uses the Palestinian cause just as a slogan to pass its expansionist plots in the region."

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