Aden (Debriefer) The Yemeni defense minister on Saturday ruled out a political deal with the Iranian-backed Houthi group to end the 8-year-old war.
Peace cannot be reached in Yemen unless the Houthis are defeated militarily, Gen Muhsin al-Dairi said.
This "terrorist group understands only the language of force and rifle," he added at a meeting with some of his commanders in Abyan.
The Yemeni general highlighted the need for unified ranks and efforts and high preparedness to thwart attempts to destabilize security in liberated provinces.
He gave orders to solve any problems and meet any needs of military units in Abyan, according to the Aden-based Saba.