The internationally recognized Yemeni government expressed on Tuesday worries as the French parliament intends to make direct contacts with the Houthi-controlled presidency of the Yemeni Sana'a-based parliament.
The Yemeni Minister for Parliament and Shura Council informed the French charge d'affaires that Hadi government and parliament members and presidency are worried about "promotion for coup and instigation against legitimate government and parliament", said Aden-based Saba News Agency loyal to legitimate government.
The Yemeni Minister, Mohammed al-Himiari who is also a parliament member, stated that "the few representatives with whom contacts would be made are under Houthi control and considered to be hostages.
"The recognized parliament is that represented by Mohammed al-Shadadi, who was tasked by other members under his presidency, that recognized by the International Parliament in Geneva and that representing Yemeni Parliament at all its meetings."
Mr. Himiari cited that those intended to speak with French parliament "have no legitimacy, for being held by Houthi Group, and any statements taken from them or contacts made with them under threat would be misleading for Yemeni, Arab and international public opinion."
The French diplomat stated that his government supports Yemeni legitimate President Hadi, according to Saba. The French Parliament, he added, makes their decisions separately away from government, but he would convey the message and notification to authorities concerned.
Last July, Speaker of the Houthi-controlled parliament, Yahiya al-Ra'ei, met with the French ambassador to Yemen, Christian Tisttu.
The Houthi-run Saba news agency reported then al-Ra'ei as calling on "European countries' leaders to meet the European Parliament's recommendations pertaining solidarity with Yemeni People, particularly stop of weapon sales for aggression coalition states, led by Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates."
The agency reported the French envoy as saying: his "second visit to Sana'a confirms that dialogue and understanding language, instead of war, is the real way out for Yemen."
The French ambassador, accompanied by a representative of French foreign ministry, discussed Paris human conference's recommendations stressing on free access to all seaports, mainly Hodeida, on reopening Sana'a Airport, resuming medical flights and facilitating humanitarian activities and missions in the country.
Yemeni Parliament members are currently split into those supporting Houthi Group, holding their sessions in Sana'a-based parliament house with less than quorum, and others loyal to legitimate government that tries since last January to reactivate role of parliament and to resume its sessions in temporary capital, Aden, according to Hadi decree.
The parliament, however, has held no meeting so far in Aden.
Yemen has been racked by armed conflict which broke out after the Iranian-backed Houthis had ousted the internationally recognized government in late 2014.
The conflict escalated after a Saudi-led military coalition intervened militarily in the country in March 2015, and has left nearly 11,000 people dead, hundreds of thousands injured, 3 million displaced and made other thousands to flee the country.
Yemen is facing the world's worst humanitarian crisis, according to the UN, as more than 22 million people (more than two thirds of the population) are in need for a type of humanitarian aid and immediate protection, including 8.4 million people unsure how to get next meal, and some 2 million children suffering severe shortage of nutrition.