The Houthi group welcomed on Tuesday the call by France for the 4-year war to be stopped in Yemen, but said it was not enough if the European country has not halted selling weapons to the Saudi-led coalition backing the Yemeni internationally-recognized government in its war against the Iranian-backed rebels.
"The aggression on Yemen is dirty war since its first day," said Houthi spokesman. "The French foreign minister's remarks in this regard are welcomed. But they are insufficient if not practically interpreted into Paris's stopping arms sales to aggression countries."
Mohamed Abdul Salam also called on "all countries involved in selling arms to aggression countries to reconsider their sales thathave left the most heinous atrocities against Yemenis."
Houthi remarks come hours after the French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian called the Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates to end the 4-year "dirty war" in Yemen.
Saudi Arabia has been leading a military coalition in Yemen since 26 March 2015, in support of forces loyal to President Hadi to retake areas controlled by Houthi (Ansarullah) group seen as proxy for Iran in the Arab Peninsula country.
The large number of civilian casualties in coalition airstrikes on Yemeni areas has raised widespread resentment among UN and other agencies that see coalition errors amounting to "war crimes".
Last November, the French FM said the international community should say stop to war in Yemen.
There will be no winner in this war, so feeding this dirty war should be stopped, he told France2 radio.
Last April, the French minister of armies also described war in Yemen as dirty.
All French and international efforts are seeking to stop war in Yemen and find political solution after a classified 15-page report (published by the French investigative news organization 'Disclose') had said French-made weapons sold to Saudis and Emiratis and used in Yemen war might leave civilian casualties.