Accusing them of foiling Amman economic talks

Hadi' FM: "Houthi' attempts to bring national economy into overall collapse won't be tolerated"

Riyadh (Debriefer)
2019-05-24 | Since 9 Month

Dr Ma'een Abdulamalik met on Thursday with French Ambassador Christian Testu

The Prime Minister of the Yemen's internationally-recognized government Dr. Maeen Abdulmalik, on Thursday, accused the Houthis group (Ansar Allah) of foiling the Amman talks to resolve economic problems between the two sides of the conflict in Yemen, which has been waging a bloody war for the fifth consecutive year.

Abdulmalek said during his meeting in the Saudi capital Riyadh with French Ambassador to Yemen Christian Testu that his government "will not tolerate the Houthi attempts to push the national economy towards collapse without taking into account the catastrophic human suffering caused by its war against the Yemeni people since its coup against the legitimate authority."

He stressed that his government will continue to "implement the measures taken to dry the sources of financing the war of the Houthis on the Yemeni people, including shipments of Iranian oil and others,".

The head of the government of "legitimacy" accused the Houthis of deliberately foiling Amman's consultations in mid-May on economic aspects and their determination to continue to cause more human suffering for the Yemenis and deal with them intransigently and reject all opportunities for peace and political solution.

The Houthis meet the concessions of "legitimate" government by "intransigence and rejection under the guidance of their supporters in Iran, which was and remains a fundamental cause in all this destruction and devastation in Yemen.", he said.

On 16 Mai, meetings between Yemeni rivals on Hodeida economic issue have failed to conclude in a deal, informed sources told "Debriefer" news agency, after three days of UN-sponsored discussions in the Jordanian capital, Amman.

Neither the government nor the Houthi negotiators has been prepared to make concessions, sources added. "This was the main cause behind failure of the talks," which were attended by the UN Envoy Martin Griffiths.

"While the government team insisted that all revenues of Hodeida and its ports be deposited into Hodeida branch of the Aden-based Central Bank of Yemen (CBY), Houthi team clang to the larger portion of the returns be transferred to the Sana'a-based CBY," said the sources.

Last week, Houthi group threatened of painful escalating steps in retaliation to the Aden-based CBY measures.

The Houthi-run economic commission has "deliberated response options in economic courses and sent them to political leadership," said a source at the commission last Monday, "pending directives to take gravely annoying steps should Jordan economic talks fail."

Yemen has been battered by a five-year armed conflict between the internationally recognised government backed by the Saudi-led coalition and the Iran-backed Houthis. The Houthis have been controlling the capital Sanaa and large parts of most densely populated northern, middle and western regions since they ousted the government in late 2014.

The conflict has caused what the United Nations calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

More than 24 million people, more than 80% of the country's population, are in need some form of humanitarian or protection assistance, including 8.4 million people who don't know where their next meal will come from, according to the UN.

And there are nearly 2 million children suffering from acute malnutrition, the UN said.

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